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It’s not just iron ore and coal — tumbling commodities will hurt Hockey

Falling commodity prices and even bond rates will undermine the government’s budget planning, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Engineers: the canaries in the economic coal mine?

Engineers are supposed to be the engine drivers of an economy. But after 37 years in the sector, Geoff Eaton is struggling to find work. And he’s not alone.

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Meet the finance academic preaching AGL-onomics

Is Queensland’s electricity grid caught in a death spiral due to its use of solar power? There are some flaws in the good professor’s argument …

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Modi talks up Adani’s Galilee project, but even generous subsidies might not be enough

The Queensland government and Indian Prime Minister are both keen to mine the Galilee basin, but it will take more than goodwill to make the mines viable.

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The astonishing ignorance (and apparent youth) of Crikey

Crikey readers say coal is not finished and remind us of Jim Carroll’s commitment to SBS.

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China and US in trade tug-of-war, with Australia stuck in the middle

China’s push for a new, World Bank-style global institution, along with its decision to reintroduce tariffs on coal imports, has wedged Australia into a precarious position.

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Tinkler’s last roll of the dice to get back into the coal game

Nathan Tinkler wants back into the coal industry. But with three days left to raise some $40 million, has he bitten off more than he can chew?

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‘The bust is already here’: can Rinehart make Galilee coal profitable?

GVK Hancock is betting a lot on its Galilee Basin coal project. But with angry neighbours and falling coal prices, will they really hit pay dirt?

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With coal mines shuttering, why is Whitehaven betting on Maules Creek?

The coal market is in freefall, so why is the NSW government considering clearing a state forest to make way for a new mine?

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Obama coughs up the solution to coal pollution

The US President is switching the conversation on climate change over to human health. Doctors George Crisp and David Shearman say he’s on to something.

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Saville’s Shout: surveillance state … terror climate … PNG art …

Australia is spying on one in 67 of its citizens, often on suspicion of involvement in terrorism. But are we ignoring the real driver of terrorism in the coming decades — climate change?

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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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