The long view: energy policy needs to stay firmly focused on the horizon.
The current flurry of energy policy aims to make power cheaper and more reliable. But it will take more than that to meet vital longer-term goals like cutting carbon while keeping future prices low.
The University of Canberra's Nicholas Klomp and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Malcolm Turnbull is throwing out ideas and initiatives as he goes, rather than producing an integrated blueprint.
Malcolm Turnbull had the media troop to Talbingo in the Snowy Mountains for Thursday's big Hydro announcement.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale is calling for a reimagining of the way Australians approach work.
Malcolm Turnbull said the projection last week showed a shortage of gas supply in the eastern market with deep implications for energy security.
Malcolm Turnbull has threatened to use the Commonwealth's power over exports against gas producers if they do not carry through with undertakings to make more gas available for the domestic market.
SA energy minister Tom Koutsantonis (left) and Premier Jay Weatherill have outlined their vision for the state’s electricity.
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South Australia is investing $550 million in a plan to improve the reliability of its electricity. But the side-effect is that the National Electricity Market will now be even harder to run.
Going into the gas industry meeting, the federal government said its priority is to make sure adequate gas is available to meet peaking demands.
Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday will pressure the gas industry to increase the supply available to the domestic market, as the government scrambles to get together a viable national energy policy.
There are calls for Australia’s onshore gas to flow much more freely.
Rising gas prices and energy security issues have led to calls for more gas to be pumped into our energy system. But we need to balance that with the equally pressing need to limit greenhouse emissions.
Labs around the world make explosives all the time.
An explosive was recently made by accident in a UK lab, but many labs across the world make them for interest and application.
High gas prices have left Adelaide’s Pelican Point power station running at less than half its capacity.
South Australia's government was angry about the blackouts enforced by electricity regulators. But with much of the state's gas power offline, the regulators had little choice.
Time for another ‘reset’?
As Trump explores warmer ties to Russia, he'd be wise to brush up on the history of past resets and the role the oil industry played in each one. The results weren’t good.
Will 2017 be the year Australia sorts out its energy policy?
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The goals are clear: clean, cheap, reliable energy. But no-one can agree how we get there.
Norweigian oil rig.
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Paul Cleary makes a good case as to why Australia should follow Norway as an example of how to tax miners in Trillion Dollar Baby.
Coal seam gas developments in Queensland near Chinchilla in 2013.
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The latest survey of residents in coal seam gas regions reveals continuing lukewarm attitudes towards the industry.
An oil rig in Angola. The country could see big reductions in export and revenue from fossil fuels as the world transitions to clean energy.
The end of fossil fuels is approaching fast. But the question remains of what to do with those that remain, waiting to be sold.
A coal seam gas wellhead in Queensland.
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Extracting coal seam gas produces billions of litres of water. A new CSIRO report suggests that, when treated, this water can be pumped back underground.
Malcolm Turnbull touring one of Australia’s large LNG fields.
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The way Australia taxes companies for gas projects now lags behind our closest neighbour, Papua New Guinea, which has reformed its tax system to ensure it gets money sooner.
Mozambique has recorded significant poverty reduction in recent years.
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Mozambique has made significant progress in its fight against poverty despite recent economic and political challenges
Australia’s LNG exports have driven domestic gas prices higher.
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With gas prices high, coal-fired power has been increasing, which is bad news for carbon emissions.
Australia’s oceans are home to extraordinary marine life.
Australia has the third largest marine jurisdiction in the world, a vast ocean territory that contains important natural and biological resources. And it needs protecting.