Alarmingly for the Morrison government, the public has well and truly registered its lack of action on climate change.
Government-owned firms are often branded as uncompetitive, stuck in the past and unable to truly innovate. But they’re sometimes better suited than private firms to drive new, clean technologies.
Yallourn power station, Australia’s oldest and dirtiest coal plant, will close four years ahead of schedule. Without a national policy, coal workers are left dangerously exposed.
A new Morrison government plan sorely misses the point on electric vehicles. It’s in stark contrast to Biden’s ambitious EV strategy.
Australia is on track to meet its 2030 Paris climate targets without resorting to carryover credits, with the aid of the recently-announced technology roadmap, according to projections to be released on Thursday.
Have our leaders been emboldened by their successes in responding to the pandemic and counting on this to defuse criticisms of their behaviours?
It’s encouraging that the federal government recognises its role in industry policy. But its choice to support some technologies is disappointing.
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The government’s latest energy plans are a failure of logic, and will lock in fossil fuel use for decades.
Malcolm Turnbull has launched a swingeing attack on Scott Morrison’s gas-led recovery.
The Morrison government will tell its refocused clean energy agencies and the clean energy regulator to give priority to investment in five low emissions technologies and report how they are accelerating them.
Energy Minister Angus Taylor is this week expected to release the government’s first Low Emissions Technology Statement. It’s likely to include ways to remove CO₂ from the air – but do they work?
University of Canberra Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan and University of Canberra Assistant Professor Caroline Fisher discuss the week in politics.
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Angus Taylor
Michelle Grattan discusses the government's recently announced energy policy with Minister for Energy Angus Taylor
The Morrison government has threatened to use Snowy Hydro to build a gas generator in the Hunter Valley if the electricity sector fails to fill the gap left by the scheduled closure of the Liddell power plant in 2023.
Under a new plan, the Morrison government will invest $211 million in new domestic diesel storage facilities, changes to create a minimum onshore stockholding, and support for local refineries.
Australia abandoned its moral obligations under Kyoto. By carrying our mistakes into the Paris deal, we risk firming our status as a global climate pariah.
This week marked the fiftieth anniversary of the senate vote to set up a system of committees to scrutinise government. In a time where question time is frequently farcical, such a system is essential.
Every few years, the idea of using gas to transition to a zero-emissions economy seems to re-emerge. Woodside’s Burrup Hub proposal shows why it’s still a bad move.
The long-awaited paper sets a positive tone. But it’s not clear if the government grasps the sheer scale or urgency of the emissions reduction task.
Changes to Australia’s emissions reduction policies may do little more than channel taxpayer money to industry.