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Articles by Tristan Edis

The sinister, bizarre truth of Brickworks and the Liberals

The latest ICAC findings show how Tony Abbott used business representatives to assist in an elaborate lie to scare the Australian people into voting for him.

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It’s not all bad — five things to not hate about Direct Action

Yes, there is a lot wrong with the government’s Direct Action climate change policy. But it’s not all bad. Here’s the way Direct Action might help create a sustainable energy future.

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Amid the climate contention, an energy debate in smelt-down

Recent developments in energy intensive manufacturing illustrate that there’s an awful lot more to worry about when it comes to manufacturing competitiveness than obliterating the carbon tax.

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Why Abbott has got it all wrong on green energy

Tony Abbott is hinting he’ll wind back a program to support renewable energy because that energy is forcing up power prices. Read this, Tony; you’ve got your sums wrong.

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Why understanding John Howard’s climate cognition is important

John Howard’s speech overnight justifying his commitment to emissions trading as a mostly political move should not serve as a moment to disparage the former PM, but to think like him.

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Here’s a Liberals-friendly idea to get abatement revving

Adding an open-ended market element to Greg Hunt’s carbon abatement auction could tempt otherwise-frightened firms into the emissions reduction game.

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Government haste to axe the tax could cost the budget $2b

A new report says the federal government’s mandate to axe the carbon price would cost $2 billion in returns to polluters. It’s a poison pill the Coalition should be wary of.

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The fuzzy forecasts blurring NSW’s gas crunch

If NSW falls short of gas then the blame would seem to lie with more than just NSW environmental regulators. Demand for gas might actually go down rather than up.

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Can Hunt slip his Coalition chains to really take direct action?

By charting a canny path through the Coalition party room, Greg Hunt could yet deliver on his obvious passion for environmental issues, including climate change.

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Clean energy providers bypassing the big power retailers

Pacific Hydro’s wind farm will be financed without a big power retailer involved. Is this the future or just a last hurrah for the Clean Energy Finance Corporation?

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The Coalition’s $4 billion climate budget blow-out

New research suggests a $4 billion cost blow-out is on the cards for Direct Action — and that’s being conservative. So why is the Coalition so confident the experts are wrong?

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At last, China gets on board carbon trading

Environmentalists cheered when China announced it would finally put a price on carbon. But as usual, the price is far too low to have any meaningful impact on the country’s vast emissions.

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Why CFCs are not the global warming culprits

A new scientific paper claims chloroflurocarbons, or CFCs, are the real culprit in global warming. This is complete and utter rubbish.

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Coalition cuts to existing programs will hurt ‘direct action’

Even where the Coalition has not explicitly sought to scare away financiers, the ambiguity of its policy position is leading to an investment strike. It’s the great contradiction in its policy.

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What if Nick Xenophon decides our carbon future?

If Nick Xenophon holds the balance of power in the Senate after the election, climate change policy will get very interesting. Here’s one possible scenario — which sees an ETS return, but in a different form.

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A free kick for Abbott? Carbon accounting for Direct Action

A change to the way Australia’s emissions are accounted for could make it a lot easier for us to meet our 2020 emissions reduction target. It may prove to be a big gift to the Coalition.

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Why business wants the carbon price to stay

With questions hanging over the Coalition’s climate policy, it’s becoming obvious the business community wants the carbon price to stay. Here’s four reasons why …

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Hold the panic over the EU carbon price plunge

Claims Australia’s carbon price is in terrible trouble due to the price plunge in Europe’s carbon scheme need to be seen for what they are. Australia’s polluters have a sweet deal from our carbon price, and they know it.

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The Power Index: carbon cutters, Anthea Harris at #2

Anthea Harris has arguably been more involved in pricing carbon pollution than anyone else in Australia. How does the Climate Change Authority chief and veteran carbon adviser get things done in this fraught, controversial field? A background in consulting helped.

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The Power Index: carbon cutters, Michael Fraser at #3

Michael Fraser has a dual personality: he heads up a company with a massive carbon footprint that is also heavily involved in renewable energy. So why is he walking both sides of the line — and how did this quiet company man rise to the top? Climate Spectator and Crikey investigate.

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Is Germany now done with renewable energy?

Two German politicians are keen to rein in feed-in tariff support for renewable energy in Germany. But that doesn’t mean the European powerhouse is done with clean energy altogether.

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No denying coal’s developed world decline

There’s no hiding from coal’s long-term decline in Europe and the United States, irrespective of cherry-picked data floating around cyberspace about a coal revival. Don’t believe what you read.

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Abbott’s adviser hates wind farms, doubts climate change

Tony Abbott’s latest Coalition policy statement remains short on climate policy detail. More worrying is his selection of a noted anti-wind farm advocate and climate change sceptic as lead business adviser.

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Will Abbott’s axe really kill carbon trading in Australia?

Tony Abbott is likely to rescind the current cap-and-trade legislation if he wins the next election, but it’s easy to see the potential for a new carbon pricing scheme to develop out of the stump his axe created.

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A year of scare: how the carbon tax played out

The scare campaign around the carbon price has been demonstrated to be a complete hoax. But it took 12 months of painful debate to get there. Here’s how the year in emissions reduction played out.

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