Tag Archives: Policy & Politics

Why frack off Brexit might improve Europe’s Environment

 Brexit/Britain is opposing — along with oil and gas industry — an EU proposal to monitor methane emissions from fracking. Government officials called it “unnecessary red tape,” according to the Guardian, but they are clearly either not interested in addressing climate change … Continue reading

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Coalition raids CEFC. again, $100m green cities fund

…news release Coal-ition… latest policy proposal green cities fund…industry and green groups say this $100M move constitutes the third such “redirection” of CEFC funding, with $1 billion withdrawn for car loan scheme, and another $1 billion to fund the Great Barrier … Continue reading

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American ‘weaponised philanthropy’

IMAGE: KOCH BROTHERS (JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)LINK TO LARGER IMAGE. For two people who have never held elected office, billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, are without a doubt the most influential people in American politics. But although they are shaping American … Continue reading

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UCG banned immediately in Queensland, laws to follow, Mines Minister Anthony Lynham say

PHOTO: Linc Energy’s underground coal gasification pilot plant is located at Chinchilla. (Landline: Pip Courtney) Underground coal gasification (UCG) will be banned in Queensland due to its environmental impact, Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham says. There had been only three UCG pilot projects … Continue reading

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Nuclear fail: New reactor took 43 years to build, shut down after 2 days

More than four decades after construction began, the Watts Bar-2 reactor was finally connected to the grid on 3 June 2016. However, two days later, while operating at 12.5 percent power, the reactor automatically shut down. >more> RenewEconomy

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Rundle: Direct Action puts Australia in the ‘arseholes club’ of climate policy

Australia is the worst performer on climate action in the industrialised world. Some countries that had been with us in the arseholes club, such as the US, have now left it, according to CAT, thanks to recent changes in policy. … Continue reading

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Electricity disconnection hotspot map pinpoints ‘huge economic challenges’

PHOTO: The areas with the highest number of disconnection proportional to population. (St Vincent de Paul Society) MAP: Australia New data shows extreme financial distress is the reason many Australians have their electricity disconnected, not the high cost of power alone…Mr Dufty said … Continue reading

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Australia playing catch-up with Europe, US and China in deploying renewable energy

Each installation, be it on the household or utility scale has its own set of characteristics, based on a range of factors. He asks whether Australia would like to be a developer, manufacturer and seller of solar energy systems or … Continue reading

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Climate poses conflict threat in South Asia

South Asia.. 4% of world’s land area and 1.7 Billion people.. 20% of global population, is one of the most environmentally-challenged areas on Earth…also one of the most politically unstable.. with regional rivalries – particularly between India and Pakistan – … Continue reading

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100% Renewables is doable, but when will we see it done?

..note acceleration of uptake of new product lines over time; smart phones being steepest… <Problem> is not just government attacks .. big three power retailers capital strike against RE … Power Purchasing Agreements (PPA)…paper that make wind farms bankable locking down a fixed … Continue reading

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