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Suncor’s base plant with upgraders in the oil sands in Fort McMurray Alta., June 13, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)

How post-truth politics is sinking debate on environmental assessment reform

Canada's proposed new environmental assessment law is facing heated, if not necessarily well-informed, opposition. The real question is whether it goes far enough.
Shorten, making the announcement, will say the present trigger is too weak because it doesn’t have to be activated when prices are high. Glenn Hunt/AAP

Labor to propose new measures to put downward pressure on gas prices

A Labor government would introduce a permanent gas export control trigger that could be pulled when prices were too high, not just when a shortfall is forecast.
Indonesia has decided that state-owned oil and gas firm Pertamina will take over the Rokan block, in Riau, from Chevron when the US energy firm’s operating contract expires in 2021. www.shutterstock.com

Pertamina gets Rokan oil block from Chevron. What does this tell us?

The recent Rokan block deal signals a shift to a more nationalist agenda, but Indonesia's government is still pursuing other more outward-looking economic policies.
Inside a power-plant cooling tower. Jakob Madsen/Unsplash

How are nuclear risks managed in France?

Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima demonstrated the difficulty of managing a disaster at a nuclear power plant. What is the situation in France?
“No Linky” posters in Montreuil, near Paris. The first one reads “Linky: You can say no.” The second reads “Linky spies on your private life.” Some residents fear data surveillance rather than looking at possible advantages of smart meters. Carole Salères

Linky: Do smart meters actually help reduce electricity consumption?

A recent study suggests that smart meters can help households reduce their electricity use by as much as 5%. Are France’s anti-Linky households listening?

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