But the government will use the legislation for the fund to try to wedge Labor.
We already have most technologies Australia needs to make the clean energy transition. What’s missing is a plan to deploy them at huge scale.
An engineered climate recovery needs to be taken seriously — in addition to cutting emissions.
Removing carbon from the atmosphere is as much a social problem as a technical one.
This is a transcript of part 2 of Climate Fight: the world’s biggest negotiation, a series from The Anthill podcast.
Listen to the second episode of a new series from The Anthill Podcast ahead of the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow.
Natural gas was once widely seen as a bridge fuel to renewable energy. But the industry’s methane leaks make it a larger global warming threat than people realized.
CO₂ is used in a range of industries, from food production to pharmaceuticals.
Hydrogen fuel derived from natural gas may be worse for the climate than the fossil fuel even with carbon capture and storage.
Australia’s abundant wind and solar resources mean we’re well placed to produce the hydrogen a green steel industry needs. But there are technical and economic challenges ahead.
New UK-wide trials aim to discover the best ways to suck carbon from the air.
The Morrison government could have backed Australia’s clean energy sector to create jobs and stimulate the post-pandemic economy. Instead, it’s sending the nation on a fool’s errand.
Even if they can’t save us from climate change, society still depends on forests.
There was palpable relief as Biden brought the US back to the table on global climate action, warning “we have to get this done”. Depressingly, Morrison showed little sign of hearing the message.
Woodhouse Colliery would be the UK's first new deep coal mine in three decades.
The Paris Agreement set countries on a path to limit global warming. Five years on, some progress has been made, but not enough. Decarbonizing the economy will take leadership and imagination.
If Canada began to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by about four per cent per year, we could still meet our 2030 climate targets.
Canada is already behind on tackling climate change and catching up will be expensive, but relying on carbon capture technologies is risky and expensive.
COVID-19 pandemic has seen the Morrison government abandon long-held dogma on debt and deficits. But on climate and energy, it’s singing from the same old songbook.
It’s encouraging that the federal government recognises its role in industry policy. But its choice to support some technologies is disappointing.