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Articles by Giles Parkinson

France’s plan to save the planet: keep Abbott away from climate talks

France is trying to trying to avoid a repeat of the Copenhagen disaster by keeping heads of state away from the Paris climate talks. But it has also singled out Australian and Canada as likely roadblocks.

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The coal-backed fossil fuel lover setting Australia’s climate agenda

Trade Minister Andrew Robb, inexplicably travelling to Lima for climate talks, will have a friend at the conference — Bjorn Lomborg, speaking at an event sponsored by big coal company Peabody Energy.

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Fossil fuel’s trillion-dollar incentive to rain on Lima climate conference parade

Climate talks are making progress in Peru (with one noted dissenting voice — no points for guessing). But the fossil fuel industry has a trillion reasons to try to stop climate action.

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Australia will disgrace itself in Lima, just as it did in Kyoto

Australia is unlikely to be able to leverage another “Australia clause” at the Lima negotiations — the United States has been showing us up on climate action for 20 years.

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How the coal industry hoodwinked us all into higher electricity prices

The dirty coal industry has won a victory over renewables with the recommendations of the RET review panel to neuter the target. The losers will be consumers — and the earth.

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With friends like these, the RET never stood a chance

Those charged with “reviewing” the Renewable Energy Target were actually told to look at killing it.

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Fossil fuel dinosaurs fudge the numbers to serve their interests (and save you 50c a week)

Fears about the impact of the RET on households have proved to be a furphy.

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Environment: green policies casualties of Abbott’s vengeance mission

Tony Abbott seems to have taken personal umbrage as a result of Greens and green-minded MPs denying him power in 2010. Now he’s in charge, and our sustainable programs are on the chopping block.

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This may be as good as it gets for Australian wind energy

Wind energy in Australia has hit a record share of electricity production. But antipathy to wind turbines, and the anticipated trashing of supportive policies, means wind in Australia may be reaching its peak.

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The world is cooling, Abbott’s biz adviser insists. Bunkum

Despite all evidence to the contrary, Tony Abbott’s business guru Maurice Newman is still convinced the world is cooling. Here’s some facts to add to his case.

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IPCC puts more heat on Abbott’s anti-science climate policies

The IPCC says action on climate change is urgent but affordable. The Abbott government says it will “wait and see”, all the while dismantling the mechanisms that could achieve higher targets.

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Risk? What risk? The fossil fuel industry walks both sides of the street

The IPCC report says climate change impacts are occurring now, and the risks of greater impacts need to be managed. The fossil fuel industry relies on politicians and business to ignore those risks.

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Can energy utilities avoid same fate as telecom companies?

The fixed-line telephone business has lost nearly half its customers. What can energy utilities learn from that experience? Is there anything they can do to stop customers going solo?

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Policy uncertainty drives renewable energy investors overseas

Australia is missing out on hundreds of billions of dollars in renewable energy markets as investors are driven offshore by the policy uncertainty of the Abbott government.

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As fossil fuels rule with an iron fist, renewables flapping in the wind

Wind farms have been shown to have no ill health effects, but that won’t stop the anti-renewables lobby from repeating the furphy that they are bad for your health. All in all, it’s a bad time to be in the business of clean energy.

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What Dick might do: the seven disasters that could befall the RET

Cancelling the Renewable Energy Target altogether, scrapping remaining solar credits, capping wind — all are at stake in the federal government’s review that has the energy sector nervous.

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Sceptical review: clean energy finding no friends in high places

The renewable energy sector has talked tough on the government’s review of the Renewable Energy Target, but in reality the industry is in very deep trouble. Dick Warburton seems certain to scale it back.

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As AGL digs into coal, has renewable energy lost a friend?

Now that AGL proposes to further increase its leverage to fossil fuels and become the largest coal-fired generator in the country, exactly how supportive of renewable energy will it be?

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David and Goliath battle over solar: why they want you on the grid

Australian households are flocking to solar, screwing up the business models of the nation’s state-owned electricity generators. Politicians have yet to come to grips with the situation.

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Will Abbott appoint an IPA man to a renewables review?

Talk in Canberra is the government is poised to appoint a leading anti-wind and anti-solar campaigner from the IPA to a new panel to review the renewable energy target. It spells disaster for the sector.

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Tony Abbott’s half-baked war on renewable energy

The Abbott government seems to hate renewable energy, but the march of progress is unstoppable at this point. The only question is, when will the government get out of the way?

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Among drama and compromise, UN climate talks inch forward

The UN’s annual climate talkfest has wrapped up, with some limited progress made towards a global deal on emissions in 2015. Tony Abbott faces a challenge in playing any kind of role in such a deal, with some countries ‘venemous’ towards Australia at the talks.

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T-shirt diplomacy: Australia gives offence at UN climate talks

The UN’s annual climate summit will soon wrap up, and the Australian delegation is under fire for not taking negotiations seriously, blocking progress, wearing T-shirts to officials talks, and giggling. Crikey reports from Poland.

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Australia a ‘wrecking ball’ at UN climate summit

The UN’s annual climate summit is halfway through, and Australia is acting as a wrecking ball, working against any consensus. There goes our long-held reputation as a constructive force in finding a solution to climate change …

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The ‘Coal COP’: UN climate change summit begins in Poland

The UN’s annual climate change summit kicks off in Poland today. The stakes are high and the obstacles are serious — and Australia has sent no minister or parliamentary secretary. But there is some hope for the summit.

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