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The Australian government seems to think fossil fuels need help, when businesses are deciding otherwise. Coal image from www.shutterstock.com

Fossil fuel growth centre harks back to old ideas about climate costs

Do fossil fuels need saving from efforts to combat climate change? The Australian government seems to think so, but that sort of thinking is out of date.
Prime Minister Bob Hawke opening the General Assembly of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Perth, November 1990. National Archives of Australia

Cabinet papers 1990: déjà vu? We’re having the same debate about climate as we were then

The National Archives of Australia today released selected federal cabinet records for 1990 and 1991. They reveal intense battles over Australia's domestic climate targets and, above all, a palpable determination that Australia not damage its coal revenue.
While low emissions technology might help coal, there are plenty of other energy sources competing in the post-Paris climate race. Coal image from www.shutterstock.com

After Paris, the future of Australian coal is downhill

Despite its vital role in the development of Australia's economy, the future of coal looks grim in a world aiming to limit warming to below 2℃.
A tax on coal would increase the price, reducing demand but benefiting exporting countries such as Australia. Coal image from www.shutterstock.com

A coal tax to help the climate and the resource owners

Coal exporting countries could buffer the transition to low carbon economies by taxing coal production or exports.
Protesters in Brisbane campaigning for more rights for landowners against coal seam gas. AAP Image/Cleo Fraser

Who gets to decide whether we dig up coal and gas?

As a landowner, can you veto a coal seam gas development? And does the environment minister have the power to say no to coal mines?
Coal no more? The rise of renewables and climate action will spell an end to Australia’s coal industry. Coal image from www.shutterstock.com

The long-term future of Australian coal is drying up

Australia's failure to reassess its commitment to coal will have serious negative consequences, not only for Australia’s economy, but for the health and well being of millions of people and the global environment.

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