The Australian political response to the COVID-19 pandemic has proved that governments can act quickly if conditions demand it, even if that means overturning longstanding ideological obstacles.
In the midst of the climate election there’s been an elephant in the room that all seem to have failed to see – the economic benefits of Australia proactively responding to the climate challenge.
Sophie Vorrath, RenewEconomy Federal Labor has finally put some meat on the bones of its proposed renewable energy target, with the release of some policy detail into how it plans to drive the shift to 50 per cent renewables by... Read More →
It seems that the Labor Party has finally had enough of joining with the Coalition in the policies of the lowest common denominator, at least in respect to renewable energy. Labor leader Bill Shorten has finally found a major issue to make a point of difference with Tony Abbott.
Trish Mann, Burringbar. Last week's Echonetdadly featured federal Labor MP Justine Elliot answering some questions about the latest legislation passed in Parliament.
Peg Putt, CEO, Markets For Change. Energy retailers and consumers must beware of electricity produced from the logging of Australia’s native forests after the Australian Parliament approved inclusion of native forest biomass into the nation’s Renewable Energy Target (RET).
Greens NSW MP John Kaye is calling for a state-based clean energy scheme to secure a strong future for the industry following what he described as a 'shameful deal' between Federal Labor and the Abbott government to slash the Renewable Energy Target.
Labor has come under attack for stitching up a deal with the Coalition government to reduce the Renewable Energy Target. The Greens say the deal will mean fewer jobs and less clean energy on the north coast.
Dawn Walker, The Greens. The Abbott-Labor deal to reduce the Renewable Energy Target from 41,000 to 33,000 gigawatt hours per annum by 2020 will mean fewer jobs and less clean energy on the north coast.
Coalition and Labor agree on a big cut to renewables target, but they have not put an end to the policy bastardry that has marred the last 18 months. Big coal, as usual, is the biggest winner.
The federal government and the opposition will meet this week in a bid to secure a new renewable energy target.
The Greens say jobs and energy independence in the region are under attack by the Liberal/National parties despite a substantial take-up of solar on the north coast.
Kane Thornton, CEO, Clean Energy Council. The thing most of the 21,000 people working in the renewable energy industry want in their Christmas stocking this year is hope that they will still have a job in 2015.
Australia can now say it has a climate change policy again – of sorts – after the Senate voted through the Direct Action package following the agreement between the Abbott government and the Palmer United Party led by aspiring coal baron Clive Palmer.
AGL received from us the taxpayers, via the great work of its paid lobbyists and its mates in government a total of $231,600,000 to help build its large solar farms. See it at its own web site to confirm.
As speculation increased that the government and Labor would agree on a compromise that would result in a significant hair-cut to the current target, AGL intervened in the debate by saying that was not good enough
The Australian government, and ministers Greg Hunt and Ian Macfarlane in particular, like to tell everyone how much they support renewable energy. But they seem to be doing their level best to trash the industry in Australia.
Richard Denniss Economics and politics don’t really have much in common. While it is the job of politicians to decide what is fair and what is not, students are taught in economics 101 that economics is not concerned with fairness... Read More →
The Abbott government must reject the recommendations of the Warburton review into the Renewable Energy Target or take responsibility for the loss of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investment in Victoria, say Victoria’s Greens senators.
If there was ever any doubt about the Abbott government’s antipathy to renewable energy, then a Senate report into the proposed abolition of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency mus surely put it to rest.
Next time a media company produces one of those 'power' issues, a list of people who effectively run the country, perhaps it should think laterally and include a picture of a coal-fired power station. Any old one will do, but the bigger and the more polluting the better.
A government-commissioned review of the renewable energy target (RET) has finally been released, and supporters fear the future is looking bleak for the bipartisan climate change policy.
Tony Abbott’s Renewable Energy Target review panel appears destined to do what it was created to do, to recommend closure of Australia’s last significant climate and clean energy scheme to new entrants.
Tony Abbott’s controversial review of Australia’s renewable energy target (RET) made a ‘farcical’ start to its public deliberations on Wednesday, attracting new accusations of bias and of having a pre-determined outcome.