Don't blame Australia for coal burned offshore – blame us for burning it here | Pat Conroy | Opinion

Don’t blame Australia for coal burned offshore – blame us for burning it here | Pat Conroy | Opinion

Holding Australia responsible for the burning of exported coal is equivalent to holding Japan responsible for the millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide emitted by cars in Australia. It is a ridiculous position that betrays a misunderstanding of the UN framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC) and the history of climate change negotiations. More importantly […]

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'Bunch of bedwetters': Matt Canavan attacks Aurecon for cutting ties with Adani | Business

‘Bunch of bedwetters’: Matt Canavan attacks Aurecon for cutting ties with Adani | Business

The resources minister Matt Canavan has defended an extraordinary spray against engineering firm Aurecon over its decision to sever ties with Indian energy company Adani. Canavan had labelled Aurecon’s decision “weak as piss”, and on Thursday rejected claims from the Greens that he is a hypocrite for using public pressure to bully the company while […]

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When it comes to coal, Australia has transitioned away from economics and common sense | Richard Denniss | Opinion

When it comes to coal, Australia has transitioned away from economics and common sense | Richard Denniss | Opinion

Australia isn’t transitioning away from extracting fossil fuels, it is doubling down on them. That’s right – even though Australia is already the third largest fossil fuel exporter in the world, the federal government still wants to double our coal exports, drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight and open more farmland to fracking. […]

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Conservatives hate red tape – unless it’s to regulate the behaviour of their enemies | Richard Denniss | Opinion

Conservatives hate red tape – unless it’s to regulate the behaviour of their enemies | Richard Denniss | Opinion

Australia needs more regulation of the banks, more regulation of the aged care sector, more regulation of property developers, more regulation of the mining industry and more regulation of the way we use the water in our rivers. But conservatives are still calling for a reduction of so-called red tape. WTF? Hundreds of high-rise buildings […]

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German utilities firm RWE to close its last UK coal plant in 2020 | Business

German utilities firm RWE to close its last UK coal plant in 2020 | Business

The German utility giant RWE will close its last UK coal plant after the coming winter, leaving only four remaining coal plants powering British homes. RWE will close the Aberthaw B power station in south Wales at the end of March 2020 after half a century generating electricity from coal. The energy company, which runs […]

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Government refers Crown allegations to integrity commission – politics live | Australia news

Government refers Crown allegations to integrity commission – politics live | Australia news

ACLEI is I might say to Members who have supported this motion and spoken in favour of it is a very appropriate and in fact the most appropriate body to consider these allegations. They have very significant investigatory powers; very significantly stronger than those of a parliamentary committee, obviously including the ability to apply for […]

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Adani justified in demanding names of CSIRO scientists, deputy PM says | Business

Adani justified in demanding names of CSIRO scientists, deputy PM says | Business

The deputy prime minister, Michael McCormack, has defended Adani after revelations it tried to get the names of scientists reviewing a crucial plan for its Queensland mine, fearing they might be anti-coal activists. The ABC has cited emails – obtained under freedom of information by the Lock The Gate environment group – showing Adani demanded […]

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Modern conservatives don’t fear social change, they just oppose it when it undermines their friends | Richard Denniss | Opinion

The modern conservatives often seem afraid of new technology. They act as though renewable energy, battery storage and electric cars will take us down the path to blackouts, economic ruin and, of course, the end of weekends as we know them. But if recent history has taught us anything it’s that there is nothing consistent […]

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Leeanne Enoch ‘devastated’ at Adani mine impact on Indigenous people – video | Business

Queensland’s environment minister was filmed in Cairns days after her department approved the Indian mining giant’s groundwater plans saying she had to ‘obey the law’ when a Stop Adani protester asked about the approval. The Australian Marine Conservation Society said the decision would put coral and ocean wildlife on the Great Barrier Reef at risk […]

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Hopes for climate progress falter with coal still king across Asia | Business

The world’s largest sovereign wealth fund is preparing to leave fossil fuels behind. Last week, Norway’s parliament confirmed by unanimous vote that its $1tn sovereign wealth fund would dump $13bn of fossil fuel investments – and start investing billions in renewables. The move is designed to protect Norway’s state-owned investment fund from the decline in […]

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