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Category: Malcolm Turnbull

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Powering a social licence failure: The National Energy Guarantee

Powering a social licence failure: The National Energy Guarantee

The Coalition’s NEG – based on hastily prepared advice and zero engagement with the community – shows government has learnt nothing from the social licence issues that have plagued fossil fuel industry.

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30 reasons to question the National Energy Guarantee. And it's not just politics

30 reasons to question the National Energy Guarantee. And it’s not just politics

The Coalition’s proposed National Energy Guarantee is not a policy at all, just the idea of one. And attractive as it may be on a notional level, it is a long way short of being “workable” or even remotely effective. Here are 30 reasons why it should be approached with caution.

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Turnbull dumps clean energy target for "national energy guarantee"

Turnbull dumps clean energy target for “national energy guarantee”

Coalition dumps clean energy target in favour of a change to energy market rules that appears to confer enormous power into the hands of coal and gas utilities, and satisfies push by right wing to abandon Paris target and to close the door on renewables.

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Policy will be a mess until Turnbull sacrifices Coalition's climate goat

Policy will be a mess until Turnbull sacrifices Coalition’s climate goat

Is this really what Malcolm Turnbull signed up for? Short of sacrificing this particular climate goat, he will be obliged to defend the indefensible, the outright rejection of climate science. And Australia will remain a laughing stock.

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Trump gives Turnbull blueprint to defend coal and "fight the future"

Trump gives Turnbull blueprint to defend coal and “fight the future”

He may already had one, but prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has just been given a blueprint by the Trump administration on how to protect dirty “baseload” coal, and extend his fight against the energy future.

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More wind and solar – the answer to all Turnbull's energy problems

More wind and solar – the answer to all Turnbull’s energy problems

Barnaby Joyce may well want to paint racing stripes down the side of the Liddell coal generator, and hang dice from its smoke stacks, but the answer to Turnbull’s energy dilemma is exactly what he doesn’t want it to be: more wind and solar.

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Blackouts and baseload: Debunking myths of AEMO reports and Liddell

Blackouts and baseload: Debunking myths of AEMO reports and Liddell

AEMO, like Finkel, provided Turnbull with a launch pad to push for a cleaner, smarter, cheaper and more reliable grid. Instead, the Coalition pined for traditional and outdated technologies. It’s time to bust a few myths about baseload and blackouts.

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More coal doesn’t equal more peak power

More coal doesn’t equal more peak power

The proposed closure date for AGL’s ancient and unreliable coal power station, is five years and probably two elections away.

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Turnbull's energy obstructionism is Abbott's climate denial revisited

Turnbull’s energy obstructionism is Abbott’s climate denial revisited

Malcolm Turnbull’s extraordinary decision to put his party’s hopes on the aged Liddell coal power plant makes no economic, environmental or engineering sense. But there is a grim precedent: the same government’s rejection of climate science.

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Nationals demand "coal target" as energy politics spirals into loony fog

Nationals demand “coal target” as energy politics spirals into loony fog

Barnaby Joyce seems to think that switching off a coal plant in 2022 will cause the lights to go out in 2017. Is there any hope that the smart conversations going on behind the scenes will ever be reflected in policy? Don’t count on it.

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The Turnbull-Frydenberg investment bank: Bullying, cronyism and Captain's picks

The Turnbull-Frydenberg investment bank: Bullying, cronyism and Captain’s picks

Despite Finkel, despite our COP 21 obligations, Turnbull does nothing. No electricity policy, no vehicle emission standards, no policy in other areas of the economy. Worst of all, the Liddell negotiations are a gross misuse of the AEMO reports for political purposes.