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Barry O’Farrell’s grapes of wrath

Crikey readers talk coal and that bottle of wine.

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Minerals Council raked over the coals for troubled PR campaign

The Minerals Council has a new pro-coal PR campaign, but it seems to be a flop. We factcheck “Australians for Coal”.

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Water into coal: Sinodinos’ Cuesta holding raises questions, too

Arthur Sinodinos has held onto his shares in Cuesta Coal, a small firm he chaired in 2010-11. Why has he held onto it for so long? And what’s the connection to Labor figure Eddie Obeid?

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Tinkler’s hail Mary pass: deadline looms on a Knights guarantee

Nathan Tinkler is trying to find a new $10.5 million guarantee to keep his beloved Newcastle Knights team, but with the market headwinds dead against him, he’s unlikely to make it.

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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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Mr Coal’s other headache: Travers Duncan’s BCB tech crash

Travers Duncan’s White Energy has promised a clean coal technology since 2006, but where is it?

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Coal India, under a haze of scrutiny, eyes Australian miners

A company called Coal India Limited is eyeing off $4 billion of assets in Australia. So who are they, and should we be worried about the purchase? Journalist Karl Mathiesen investigates.

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Is Ferguson in a parallel universe or just the real world?

The present path is that China and India will be gobbling up all the growth in coal, and nearly all the growth in oil. Will we fight to combat climate change or make stacks of cash selling coal to Asia?

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The coal industry’s new enemy: Campbell Newman

Queensland’s coal royalties decision is just one face of the sovereign risk confronting miners as governments struggle with budget logic. In the end, no one wins.

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Olympic Dam the warning of an Asian slowdown

Slowing Asian economic growth mean more projects than Olympic Dam are likely to be put on hold, writes Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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‘On shaky ground’: Australians hate coal, so what do we do now?

Research has found coal is Australia’s most hated energy source — yet it’s a major export item which also generates three-quarters of our electricity. What’s going on?

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Tinkler’s next big adventure — a $4b takeover of Whitehaven

Coal magnate Nathan Tinkler is eyeing the biggest deal of his career — a $4 billion takeover of Whitehaven Coal.

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Gottliebsen: BHP sets its market cement

The shut down of the Norwich Park mine by BHP Billiton-Mitsubishi Alliance is an important signal that BHP is sending to both its unions and the markets, writes Robert Gottliebsen.

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Parkinson: coal is the new black

Indian-owned coal company Gujarat NRE warns that a carbon tax will cause stratospheric price rises for beer, bread, shirts and petrol, writes Giles Parkinson.

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The fetishisation of the economic status quo

A desire to freeze the Australian economy in time is at odds with the wave of economic change being driven by China.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

CCS is doomed, yet we’ve pumped millions in to it

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is often seen as coal’s redeeming feature and saviour, and governments have spent millions on it. But if it’s so effective, why did the last budget cut over $600 million from CCS projects? asks Dan Cass.

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The long view: electricity consumers choose cheaper over green

Creating “certainty” is not the urgent issue for industry many believe. They might not realise it, but the urgency to create certainty rests with consumers, writes Ben Freund, CEO GoSwitch.com.au.

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Bartholomeusz: BHP’s divine intervention on coal

Earlier this year BHP Billiton succeeded in its quest to convert the iron ore market from one based on annual benchmark price negotiations to one where the prices are set by reference to the market. Now it could do something similar to the pricing of coking coal.

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Wesfarmers transparency sets example on contract disclosures

It can be argued that ASIC and the ASX are allowing the likes of BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto to trade in an uninformed market because of a failure to update the market on quarterly iron ore and coal contract prices.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

Opposing coal in NSW

In a recent NSW court case, climate activist Ned Haughton argued that the NSW Planning Minister didn’t adequately consider the climate impacts of the proposed power stations. John Hepburn gives a quick break down of the arguments.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

Why are taxpayers paying for coal trains?

One thing that stood out in the QLD budget was $864.2 million for coal network track works and new and upgraded locomotives and wagons to support coal haulage across Queensland. John Hepburn explains.

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Our love affair with coal: hotter than ever

Forget renewable energy or gas: our states are embracing coal-fired power more enthusiastically than ever before.

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In the coal sober light of day, stocks light up

The Copenhagen summit may be dominating the headlines, but on the stockmarket money is heading towards — and in some cases returning to — coal, writes Tim Treadgold.

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Coal power lobby mines new lows in late compo scramble

Foreign multinationals ramped up their rhetoric yesterday in a desperate attempt to scam further compensation from taxpayers under the CPRS for their coal-fired power generation assets.

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The Age | ECONOMY|

Colebatch: Don’t let the mining boom blow up in our face

Asia’s growth is ensuring the continuation of the Australian mineral boom, but we need to train more workers — since immigration is not popular — and also protect our other industries, argues Tim Colebatch.

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