Giles Parkinson

RenewEconomy editor

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Chris Uhlmann joins Barnaby in blaming wind energy for SA’s blackout. They are dead wrong.

September 29, 2016 40

Uhlmann has publicly blamed wind energy for the recent blackout in South Australia.

How <em>The Australian</em> got it hopelessly wrong on wind energy

How The Australian got it hopelessly wrong on wind energy

July 22, 2016 11

The Australian got its facts wrong on wind energy in South Australia. Investments in wind have brought costs down.

Did Tesla just kill the petrol car?

April 6, 2016 9

Analysts have loudly declared the end of petrol-powered cars, following the announcement of Tesla's Model 3 electric car.

Was the renewable energy industry better off under Abbott?

February 3, 2016 7

At least under Tony Abbott the renewable sector knew where it stood. But what is going under Turnbull?

Does the VW scandal reveal the auto industry’s biggest dirty secret?

Does the VW scandal reveal the auto industry’s biggest dirty secret?

September 29, 2015 10

Why would VW go to all the trouble to deceive regulators unless it actually can't produce cleaner engines?

Dark cloud for solar in watered-down RET

Dark cloud for solar in watered-down RET

May 19, 2015

The good news is the Abbott government has finally agreed to a Renewable Energy Target. The bad news is it is nowhere near where it should be.

Budget losers: climate agencies up in smoke

May 13, 2015 9

Like true conservatives, the Coalition's leadership team thinks the best environmental strategy is to defund every climate science body but boost spending for a bunch of people to pick up litter.

Abbott blows his carbon budget in first Direct Action auction

Abbott blows his carbon budget in first Direct Action auction

April 24, 2015 11

With a quarter of its money spent in the first round, has the government's carbon policy failed straight out of the gate?

The winners and losers of Abbott’s energy white paper (SPOILER: Tony likes coal)

The winners and losers of Abbott’s energy white paper (SPOILER: Tony likes coal)

April 8, 2015 12

In many ways, the Coalition's energy white paper is a predictable piece of backward-looking falsehoods. But it does make some surprising concessions to a future of renewable energy.

France’s plan to save the planet: keep Abbott away from climate talks

France’s plan to save the planet: keep Abbott away from climate talks

December 9, 2014 21

France is trying to trying to avoid a repeat of the Copenhagen disaster by keeping heads of state away from the Paris climate talks. But it has also singled out Australian and Canada as likely roadblocks.

The coal-backed fossil fuel lover setting Australia’s climate agenda

The coal-backed fossil fuel lover setting Australia’s climate agenda

December 5, 2014 41

Trade Minister Andrew Robb, inexplicably travelling to Lima for climate talks, will have a friend at the conference -- Bjorn Lomborg, speaking at an event sponsored by big coal company Peabody Energy.

Fossil fuel’s trillion-dollar incentive to rain on Lima climate conference parade

Fossil fuel’s trillion-dollar incentive to rain on Lima climate conference parade

December 2, 2014 3

Climate talks are making progress in Peru (with one noted dissenting voice -- no points for guessing). But the fossil fuel industry has a trillion reasons to try to stop climate action.

Australia will disgrace itself in Lima, just as it did in Kyoto

Australia will disgrace itself in Lima, just as it did in Kyoto

December 1, 2014 26

Australia is unlikely to be able to leverage another "Australia clause" at the Lima negotiations -- the United States has been showing us up on climate action for 20 years.

How the coal industry hoodwinked us all into higher electricity prices

August 29, 2014 3

The dirty coal industry has won a victory over renewables with the recommendations of the RET review panel to neuter the target. The losers will be consumers -- and the earth.

With friends like these, the RET never stood a chance

With friends like these, the RET never stood a chance

August 18, 2014 17

Those charged with "reviewing" the Renewable Energy Target were actually told to look at killing it.

Fossil fuel dinosaurs fudge the numbers to serve their interests (and save you 50c a week)

Fossil fuel dinosaurs fudge the numbers to serve their interests (and save you 50c a week)

July 25, 2014 6

Fears about the impact of the RET on households have proved to be a furphy.

Environment: green policies casualties of Abbott’s vengeance mission

Environment: green policies casualties of Abbott’s vengeance mission

May 14, 2014 20

Tony Abbott seems to have taken personal umbrage as a result of Greens and green-minded MPs denying him power in 2010. Now he's in charge, and our sustainable programs are on the chopping block.

This may be as good as it gets for Australian wind energy

This may be as good as it gets for Australian wind energy

May 7, 2014 5

Wind energy in Australia has hit a record share of electricity production. But antipathy to wind turbines, and the anticipated trashing of supportive policies, means wind in Australia may be reaching its peak.

The world is cooling, Abbott’s biz adviser insists. Bunkum

The world is cooling, Abbott’s biz adviser insists. Bunkum

April 24, 2014 20

Despite all evidence to the contrary, Tony Abbott's business guru Maurice Newman is still convinced the world is cooling. Here's some facts to add to his case.

IPCC puts more heat on Abbott’s anti-science climate policies

IPCC puts more heat on Abbott’s anti-science climate policies

April 14, 2014 14

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.