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How to fix Australia’s energy crisis: scrap the National Energy Market

How to fix Australia’s energy crisis: scrap the National Energy Market

September 13, 2017 7 Comments

The objective of NEM's replacement authority would be the provision of a stable, reliable and affordable supply of energy while managing a transition to a zero-carbon economy, writes economist John Quiggin.

Buyer beware: the warning signs for Liddell buyers

Buyer beware: the warning signs for Liddell buyers

September 12, 2017 6 Comments

The Turnbull government really wants someone, anyone, to buy the Liddell coal-fired power plant. But lessons from Hazelwood should remind any potential buyer that an ageing, dying power plant is often more trouble than it's worth.

Don’t mention the climate: what’s missing from Houston floods reporting

Don’t mention the climate: what’s missing from Houston floods reporting

September 4, 2017 4 Comments

Media reports like the phrase "once in 50 years" to describe catastrophic weather events. But as earth and paleoclimate scientistDr Andrew Glikson writes, those events are no longer rare. And we know why.

Australia’s hidden environmental crisis

Australia’s hidden environmental crisis

September 4, 2017 3 Comments

The east coast of the continent is considered one of the worst deforestation areas in the world today. Freelance journalist Nick Rodway reports.

What’s the real reason for electricity price hikes?

What’s the real reason for electricity price hikes?

August 8, 2017 10 Comments

Electricity prices are a hot topic at present. Amidst the welter of claim and counter-claim as to what is the cause of higher electricity prices, there has been remarkably little use of the available evidence, writes former head of Prime Minister and Cabinet Michael Keating.

News Corp’s leading tinfoiler hot for alleged BOM climate conspiracy

News Corp’s leading tinfoiler hot for alleged BOM climate conspiracy

August 2, 2017 14 Comments

The usual storm in a tinfoil hat.

The scientific way to avoid electricity price spikes, saving Australians thousands

The scientific way to avoid electricity price spikes, saving Australians thousands

July 14, 2017 8 Comments

How a process called "aggregated demand response" could work in Australia, writes Dan Cass, strategist at The Australia Institute.

How denialists Kenny and Bolt royally screwed up reporting of climate paper

How denialists Kenny and Bolt royally screwed up reporting of climate paper

July 11, 2017 9 Comments

Wrong again, fellas. Master's student in sustainability Tom Allen helps Andrew Bolt and Chris Kenny understand basic climate science.

Who are the Liberal MPs worried about Turnbull’s Clean Energy Target?

Who are the Liberal MPs worried about Turnbull’s Clean Energy Target?

June 16, 2017 9 Comments

Crikey intern Will Ziebell looks back over past public comments to work out which MPs could end up dissenting.

Just how bullshit is the fantasy of ‘clean coal’?

Just how bullshit is the fantasy of ‘clean coal’?

June 16, 2017 15 Comments

No viable technology exists that allows coal to be burnt without adding significant carbon pollution to the atmosphere. Freelance energy writer Simon Holmes a Court reports.