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Is this it for coal?

Fossil fuels have had their day, and a carbon crash is coming, writes RenewEconomy sustainability researcher and writer Paul Gilding.

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Chair sniffer deserves no sympathy

Crikey readers talk the death of renewable energy, Chinese investment in Australian property and chair-sniffing Troy Buswell.

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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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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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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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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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The dirty secret of fossil fuels: more expensive than you think

Fossil fuel fans say we can’t afford to switch over to renewables. But maybe we can’t afford not to. Laura Eadie, research director for the Centre for Policy Development’s Sustainable Economy Program, reports.

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The benefits of nuclear power

Crikey readers talk the cost of nuclear power, whether the Venice Biennale is art for everyone and what we should call the airport at Uluru.

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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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Have beaten down renewable stocks turned the corner?

While the Renixx index a doom and gloom story on the surface about renewable energy companies, there is reason for optimism, writes Climate Spectator’s Daniel Palmer.

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Australia risks missing out on green energy investment

Australia has already been bypassed once by the world’s leading renewable energy developers, and risks doing so again if it makes more changes to its green energy policies, writes Giles Parkinson of RenewEconomy.

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Will AGL have to choose between green and brown gold?

Many in the clean energy industry are wondering how the AGL Energy managing director can now argue both sides of the energy equation, writes Giles Parkinson of ReNew Economy.

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Not so fast to the green scheme graveyard

As politicians take the razor to state and federal “complementary” climate policies, Fergus Green at Insdide Story examines the case for these policies with the federal carbon price looming

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CEFC: a look at green loan programs around the world

Australia’s new $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation, which will provide investment and green loans to Aussie businesses, is similar in concept to policies underway in the United Kingdom and the United States.

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The government’s clean energy bank and the Abbott-proof fence

The government announcement that it accepts all the recommendations of the Broadbent inquiry into the Clean Energy Finance Corporation is a high-water mark in the politics of perception, write Andrew Macintosh and Richard Dennis.

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The end of baseload? It may come sooner than you think

One of the principal architects of Germany’s push into renewable energy technologies believes the country could achieve 100% renewables by 2030, writes Giles Parkinson of RenewEconomy.

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Oakeshott, Windsor biomass burner scheme Pythonesque

Substituting native forest biomass for another renewable generation source is particularly problematic because of the nature of the technology, writes Andrew Macintosh, associate director of the ANU Centre for Climate Law and Policy.

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Parkinson: no easy choices, but strong case for energy action

A new report from the Grattan Institute has underlined the failure of current policies to push Australia down the path of a clean energy future Giles Parkinson, editor of RenewEconomy, reports.

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Carbon tax just the first real battle in a very long war

Fergus Green, of Inside Story, unpacks the carbon pricing package to discover, at its core, a tension between fundamentally different visions for the future of Australia’s economy and environment.

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Energy price increases: hiding behind treasury’s Pollyanna forecasts

What are the facts on energy price increases and what has caused the increases to date? Alan Moran, director, deregulation, at the Institute of Public Affairs, offers some answers.

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The Long View: climate change policies a soft target

Attacks that seek to blame climate-change policies such as the Renewable Energy Target (RET) and carbon pricing for skyrocketing energy bills are becoming increasingly shrill, writes Lane Crockett, general manager Australia, Pacific Hydro.

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Memo: to the next environment minister

The science is in. We cannot delay any longer. Ratifying the Kyoto Protocol, so Australia has a seat at the table of international climate negotiations, is a vital first step. We have been laggards, not leaders, for far too long, writes Don Henry, executive director of the ACF.

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