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Articles by Sophie Vorrath & Giles Parkinson

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Australia's biggest polluters increase emissions on Coalition watch

Australia’s biggest polluters increase emissions on Coalition watch

ACF report says a lack of federal leadership on climate policy has resulted in all but two of Australia’s top 10 polluters increasing their emissions in 2014-15 – the vast majority of which has come from burning black and brown coal to generate electricity.

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Coalition restates wish to axe CEFC, then unveils its largest program

Coalition restates wish to axe CEFC, then unveils its largest program

Just hours after the Coalition restated plans to abolish the CEFC, Greg Hunt was trumpeting one of its biggest programs yet: a $250m energy efficiency program.

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Nuclear priced out of Australia's future energy equation in new report

Nuclear priced out of Australia’s future energy equation in new report

Australia’s official economic forecaster has finally admitted nuclear energy will likely play no role in a decarbonised grid based around lowest costs.

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Greens set 90% renewables target for 2030, aim to double efficiency of grid

Greens set 90% renewables target for 2030, aim to double efficiency of grid

Greens unveil plan for a 90 per cent renewable energy target – by 2030. Leader Richard di Natale says major parties have locked the country into industries of the last century, supporting coal and vested interests.

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Bugger the science: Abbott aims for last place on emission cuts

Bugger the science: Abbott aims for last place on emission cuts

Abbott puts his foot down and insists Australia should trail the world on climate action. His proposed emissions reduction target for 2030 is what others say should be achieved by 2020. Not only does it reinforce Australia’s claim to exceptionalism, it creates massive economic risk.

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Coalition tables bill for cuts to RET, inclusion of wood waste

Coalition tables bill for cuts to RET, inclusion of wood waste

Legislation to cut renewables target tabled in parliament. Scaled target proposed may favour large scale solar projects in latter years.

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Labor says RET resolution one step away, but Macfarlane digs in

Labor says RET resolution one step away, but Macfarlane digs in

Shadow climate minister Mark Butler still hopeful of deal on RET, but Macfarlane digs in on two year reviews, and Coaliton MPs threaten to cross floor in RET vote.

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States vow to boost large-scale renewables as RET stalemate continues

States vow to boost large-scale renewables as RET stalemate continues

States, territories agree to drive large-scale renewables uptake, as new report warns Australia risks economic crisis if it ignores shift to clean energy.

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AGL plans to shut down coal, 'decarbonise' generation by 2050

AGL plans to shut down coal, ‘decarbonise’ generation by 2050

AGL vows to close its coal-fired plants by 2050. But that still means several more decades for Australia’s most polluting power plants.

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AEMC sees power prices moderating, but takes pot-shot at renewables

AEMC sees power prices moderating, but takes pot-shot at renewables

The AEMC says consumer price rises are moderating, but not disappearing in some states. Most of that is due to rising network costs, but the regulator prefers to focus on renewables.

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BHP wants carbon price and more, Dunlop says still not good enough

BHP wants carbon price and more, Dunlop says still not good enough

BHP flags carbon price, complementary policies to address climate change, former coal chief and board candidate Ian Dunlop says it’s still not enough.