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Coal stockpiled before being loaded on to ships at a terminal in Gladstone. researchers say Labor should not “cozy up” to the coal industry. Dave Hunt/AAP

Coal miners and urban greenies have one thing in common, and Labor must use it

Labor will not win an election by cozying up to coal or weakening its climate target. Instead, it must find the common ground uniting workers in the cities and the regions - job insecurity.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) and Energy Minister Angus Taylor at Snowy Hydro Scheme. The Grattan Institute says the government should better encourage investment rather than build electricity infrastructure. LUKAS COCH/AAP

Governments took the hard road on clean energy – and consumers are feeling the bumps

Australia's entire coal fleet will retire in the next few decades. The federal government's response to the Hazelwood coal plant closure has left a mess – it must do better.
Insurers have to protect themselves against foreseeable risks. For insurers of fossil fuel projects, those risks are growing. Shutterstock

Adani beware: coal is on the road to becoming completely uninsurable

The decision of Suncorp to dump coal, just months after the re-election of the Morrison government, makes it clear that insurers can't afford wishful thinking.
Climate activists block the entrance to the Swiss bank UBS with a pile of coal in Basel, Switzerland earlier this summer. Climate protests are helping raise awareness about the ugliness of fossil fuels, and so too should the language we use. (Georgios Kefalas/Keystone via AP)

Using language to make the world of fossil fuels strange and ugly

If how we speak about the world we want to see is crucial in building support for climate change momentum, then what is visible and invisible, strange and normal, positive and negative, must change.
Australia’s LNG exports aren’t as good for the planet as the government seems to think. AAP Image/Origin Energy

Australia’s energy exports increase global greenhouse emissions, not decrease them

The federal government claims that Australia's rising emissions are offset by savings around the globe when Australian gas exports replace other fossil fuels. But the numbers don't stack up like that.
On March 7, 2019, demonstrators gathered outside the National Assembly in Paris. The sign above reads “Deputies, please save the climate”. The one in front reads “Fossilise the future?” Bertrand Guay/AFP

France and Britain in a race for carbon neutrality by 2050

By enacting a legislative framework to achieve carbon neutrality, France and the United Kingdom are making a difference in the fight against climate change.

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