Tag: Politics

Australia’s real climate policy

If you live in Australia you’ve no doubt heard of the Gillard Government’s climate and energy policy: a carbon price branded as the way to a “Clean Energy Future”. But just as a magician misdirects an audience’s attention, the Clean Energy Future diverts attention from Labor’s real energy policy. The Draft Energy White Paper (EWP), …

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Energy double standard: Australia subsidizes coal, but not solar

Energy and Resources Minister Martin Ferguson today announced the extension of the Government’s $100 million grant for the proposed new coal power station HRL in the Latrobe Valley, despite a petition signed by 12,667 people urging the Government to withdraw the $100 million and spend it on renewable energy instead. The grant was first awarded …

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Maldivian President Nasheed overthrown

The first democratically elected leader of the Maldives, President Mohamed Nasheed, has been overthrown in a dictatorial coup. Nasheed’s climate change advisor Mark Lynas writes in the Guardian: Using violence and then taking over the TV station, as well as recruiting converts among the police, the anti-democratic opposition faced Nasheed with a choice – to …

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The conspiracy to capture the Australian media

If you’ve paid attention to the news recently then you may know Australian mining billionaire Gina Rinehart has been buying up shares in TV channels (Network Ten) and newspapers (Fairfax Media). What you may not be aware of is a video of Christopher Monckton and other climate change deniers plotting how to “capture” the Australian …

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Durban Part 4: Conclusion

Also see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this series about the significance of last month’s Durban climate talks (COP17). Grenada said in an opening statement: “AOSIS will not and cannot accept a deal here in Durban that does not provide a means to bring in more ambitious legally-binding commitments for Annex I …

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Durban Part 3: The outcome

Also see Part 1 and Part 2 of this series about the significance of last month’s Durban climate talks (COP17). After the conclusion of the Durban climate talks, EU negotiator Connie Hedegaard proclaimed that “the European Union’s strategy worked”. But did it? Durban Platform Legal form – binding or not? Let’s look at the text …

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Durban Part 2: The drama

Part 1 of this series about the significance of last month’s Durban climate talks (COP17) can be found here. TIME magazine’s Person of the Year 2011 was “the protester”, and protesters certainly made their presence felt and their voices heard in Durban. As 350.org put it: “There is a story of hope from Durban—it’s the …

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Too late to wait on the Durban Platform, Part 1

Over the summer, I have reflected on the significance of the climate talks last month in Durban, South Africa. Officially known as COP17, it was the longest UNFCCC conference. See my previous post for more background on the talks (though my views have become slightly more nuanced since I wrote it, particularly on the issue …

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What Should Happen in Durban

“We have shown that phase out of fossil fuel emissions is urgent. CO2 from fossil fuel use stays in the surface climate system for millennia.” – NASA climate scientist James Hansen and 16 co-authors “We would be quite open to a discussion about a process that would lead to a negotiation for the thing, whatever …

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Clean Energy Bill only the beginning

Today the Australian Parliament passed the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee’s Clean Energy Bill. Despite my reservations about the bill, I am pleased to see it finally made law. It is also satisfying to see the Liberal-National Coalition defeated (at least for now) in their crusade against climate action. However, the work of the climate movement …

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