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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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Cross your heart, hope for pride

Crikey readers talk the provenance of putting one’s hand on one’s heart and the problem with solar panels.

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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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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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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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The White elephant clean coal project Hunt loves that just won’t work

White Energy’s clean coal project just won’t work, so what about the millions in public funding the company has been given?

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Trying hard to make Direct Action add up

Let’s be honest: the carbon tax has so far not reduced Australia’s carbon emissions at all. Could the Abbott government’s Direct Action policy be better after all?

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Coalition draws a near-blank on support for wind power

How many Coalition MPs really support wind farms? Not many, it would seem.

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Cold day on the sun

Something unusual is going on with the sun. It should be at the peak of an 11-year-long solar cycle, but it is staying cool. Ben Sandilands explores what this means for us Earthlings.

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The ‘golden age of gas’ not in Oz yet

Australia has many decades of gas. But, if this is true, how can we be looking at big gas price increases and possibly supply shortfalls within a few years? A new Grattan Institute report by Tony Wood delves into the big issues.

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Essential: voters strong on vaccination, wind farms, Aussie cars

Voters want the government to go further on sports betting and strongly support compulsory vaccination, today’s Essential Report finds. Farz Edraki and Bernard Keane report.

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Climate: sweeping cuts to programs — and more to come?

The budget has axed $2.4 billion from climate programs as the government compensates for a likely big drop in revenue from the carbon price from 2015. And there might be much bigger cuts to come next year.

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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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PromiseWatch 2013: climate change and carbon pricing

Crikey’s PromiseWatch project shifts its gaze to climate change.

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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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The Power Index: carbon cutters, Oliver Yates at #4

Oliver Yates is the ex-Macquarie banker who turned his back on a lucrative career to head up the government’s controversial (and possibly short-lived) green bank. Why did this “maverick” do it — and what will he do with $10 billion of your money?

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The Power Index: carbon cutters, Martin Green at #8

Australian solar pioneer Martin Green is the man behind the solar entrepreneurs of the world. His early research and 40-year teaching career has driven a generation of solar development and commercialisation. But he keeps his head down when it comes to the politics of climate policy.

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‘Game changer’: renewables now cheaper than coal, gas

New analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance concludes that renewables are already cheaper than new-build coal and gas in Australia. And gas may not even be needed.

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Carbon capture technology: climate superhero or rort?

There’s a reason fossil fuel giants — and some environmental groups — just love carbon capture technology. But is it really the answer to climate change?

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Renewable energy hit by an irrelevant debate

Should the renewable energy target be reduced? Origin Energy is calling it for it to be a “real” 20% share of the market, but just how does one classify “real”?

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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 rise of the solar voter — they’re not where you think

Analysis shows where Australia’s solar panels are — and it’s not in the inner-city latte set. Some politicians may need to rethink their view on support for solar.

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Time to untangle the web of renewable energy policies

The RET was intended to let the market choose the cheapest way to generate renewable energy. But it all got very complicated, write Andrew Macintosh and Richard Denniss.

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