Manufacturers always have to make trade-offs when they design new cars, balancing the need to protect public health and the environment with their urge to wow customers.
The government's handshake deal with gas suppliers may have stopped the market plunging off a cliff, but it's not doing much more.
We can make up 70% of Australia's projected gas shortfall simply by improving energy efficiency and sensible use of gas alternatives.
The price of renewable energy will fall significantly relative to new-build coal in coming decades, making an all-renewable electricity system more desirable, both economically and environmentally.
Energy security requires both short and long planning. Recent gas and hydro announcements are a promising start towards some proper joined-up thinking.
The current domestic gas crisis will pass. But if the industry wants to surpass coal and fulfil its role as a 'transition fuel', it should lobby for a carbon price to help it on its way.
The federal government seems keen to usher in a new boom in onshore gas production. But gas firms will need to tread carefully, as past experience in Queensland's fracking heartland shows.
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 goals are clear: clean, cheap, reliable energy. But no-one can agree how we get there.
Is this the beginning of a 'Mexican Spring'?
With gas prices high, coal-fired power has been increasing, which is bad news for carbon emissions.
Victoria will permanently ban unconventional gas, and extend a moratorium on onshore gas until 2020.
Over the past year Australia's greenhouse gas emissions from electricity rose 2.7%.
Woodside's deferral of its floating gas project in Western Australia is just the latest blow low oil prices have dealt the industry.
Faced with stringent fuel economy standards but cheap gas, automakers may seek to delay CAFE rules. What's the best way to reevaluate these emissions-cutting rules?
Woodside's decision to shelve its $40 billion Browse project off Western Australia's north is not a disaster, but it does highlight some areas where the gas industry needs to get much smarter.
'Energy productivity' is the new buzz-phrase in energy and climate policy, what even is it?
Sweating it out through hot summer nights? Here are some tips when you're looking for something to cool you down.
Coal seam gas companies have invested billions of dollars to export their products overseas. But is their investment paying off?
With cheaper gas, consumers are buying fewer fuel-efficient vehicles – a step backwards on climate, energy security and upkeep of our highway and bridges.