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Price said the decision did not amount to final approval for the project. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Morrison government approves next step towards Adani coal mine

The decision, taken by Price, comes after public pressure from Queensland LNP members, including a threat by McGrath to publicly call for her resignation if she failed to treat the project fairly.
Energy Minister Angus Taylor has six pumped hydro projects on his list, and most are better taxpayer investments than the already announced Snowy 2.0 project. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

The government’s electricity shortlist rightly features pumped hydro (and wrongly includes coal)

Twelve power projects are in the running for federal government dollars: six pumped hydro, five gas and one coal. It's clear which one shouldn't be on the list, for economic and environmental reasons.
Victoria’s Hazelwood coal fired power station closed in 2017 after 52 years of operation. MAL FAIRCLOUGH/AAP

Bad news. Closing coal-fired power stations costs jobs. We need to prepare

We have quantified the effects of twelve power station closures in five states. Local unemployment shoots up and comes down only slowly.
The study would “identify viable locations for firm generation including coal, gas, pumped hydro, and biomass opportunities, including Collinsville and Gladstone.” Nickj/Wikimedia Commons

Morrison kicks decision on Queensland coal plant well down the road

Twelve projects have been ticked under the Underwriting New Generation Investment program, although there will be no contracts before the election.
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Explaining the increase in coal consumption worldwide

While countries recognise the urgent need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by favouring greener energies, the ever-increasing demand for electricity has led to rising coal consumption.
A favourite argument of coal proponents is the idea that if their mine is knocked back, someone else will simply dig up coal elsewhere. Mister Mackenzie/Wikimedia Commons

Landmark Rocky Hill ruling could pave the way for more courts to choose climate over coal

A NSW court's decision to rule out a coalmine on the basis of climate change could signal a turning of the tide in an arena where environmental litigants have previously struggled to gain traction.

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