Topic archives: coal-fired energy

Crikey Worm: AGL resists mounting pressure

April 6, 2018

Good morning, early birds, and welcome to the new-look Worm. AGL's CEO holds his ground against mounting pressure from the federal government, as well now as the ACCC. Plus, the Commonwealth Bank agrees to repay $26 million to swindled customers. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

‘Clean coal’ is a lie straight out of the Orwellian playbook

September 18, 2017 11

Despite the dire warning of climate scientists, underpinned by the current spate of extreme weather events around the world, the government appears to be bent on promoting coal-fired power generation, writes Earth and Paleo-climate scientist Andrew Glikson.

Buyer beware: the warning signs for Liddell buyers

September 12, 2017 6

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.

The Australian’s clean coal magic trick

January 10, 2017 8

With some slippery words and some clever sleight-of-hand, The Australian almost makes it look like coal is good for humanity, writes economist John Quiggin

Screw consultation, let’s just ban stuff: how to really fight climate change

Screw consultation, let’s just ban stuff: how to really fight climate change

August 11, 2014 25

We've tried giving business lobbyists and spinmeisters the chance to voice their concerns over environmental regulation. That didn't work. It's time to play hardball -- and businesses will gratefully fall in line.

Parkinson: another day, another carbon price beat-up

Parkinson: another day, another carbon price beat-up

June 26, 2012 7

The front page stories in today’s mainstream media about bailouts for Australia’s biggest brown coal generators are not quite what they seem.

Will AGL have to choose between green and brown gold?

Will AGL have to choose between green and brown gold?

May 15, 2012 1

Many in the clean energy industry are wondering how the AGL Energy managing director can now argue both sides of the energy equation, writes Giles Parkinson of ReNew Economy.

The end of baseload? It may come sooner than you think

The end of baseload? It may come sooner than you think

February 21, 2012 71

One of the principal architects of Germany’s push into renewable energy technologies believes the country could achieve 100% renewables by 2030, writes Giles Parkinson of RenewEconomy.

NSW’s great big coal subsidy scandal

November 1, 2011 20

If there is a single mechanism that stands in the way of clean energy development across the globe it is fossil fuel subsidies, writes Giles Parkinson, of Climate Spectator.

Parkinson: why wind is cutting energy costs

September 5, 2011 43

The most common critique of wind energy, and renewables in general, in the mainstream media and anywhere the issue is discussed is that it is expensive, writes Giles Parkinson, of Climate Spectator.