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Category: Tony Abbott

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Investor confidence could be smashed without additional detail

Investor confidence could be smashed without additional detail

This plan to provide a plan is almost the worst outcome possible for investment certainty. If more detail doesn’t emerge soon, it could be as bad for renewables as the Abbott years.

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Abbott 1, Consumer 0. Turnbull's energy fudge locks in high prices

Abbott 1, Consumer 0. Turnbull’s energy fudge locks in high prices

If one thing is clear from the Coalition’s new energy policy announcement today, it is that Tony Abbott has won, and consumers have lost. Even in the most optimistic scenario presented by the government, energy consumers will see little reduction in their energy bills over the next decade. And that’s outrageous.

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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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Anti-jobs Abbott digs in against renewables, despite public backlash

Anti-jobs Abbott digs in against renewables, despite public backlash

Tony Abbott uses Sky News interview to attack renewable energy in what could be seen as an affront to Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership position.

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Trump as president will be little different to Abbott (or Turnbull) as PM

Trump as president will be little different to Abbott (or Turnbull) as PM

Trump’s position on clean energy and climate change is little different to that of Tony Abbott’s, whose policies have been unchanged by Malcolm Turnbull. But Trump’s success has unleashed a new push from the lunar right that will make any progress incredibly hard to achieve.

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Attacks on wind and solar policies turn to state initiatives

Attacks on wind and solar policies turn to state initiatives

Having obliterated almost all the effective federal climate and renewables policies, the focus is now switching to state-based targets, using the old arguments of higher costs and little abatement.

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July renewables market update: prices plateau short of penalty cap

July renewables market update: prices plateau short of penalty cap

Price rise in LGC market halted in July – less a result of the renewed anti-renewables campaign and more reflection of fact that spot market sitting within $7 of the scheme’s cap.

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Wind energy supplied 83% of South Australia's electricity on Monday

Wind energy supplied 83% of South Australia’s electricity on Monday

Wind energy delivered more than two-thirds of South Australia’s electricity over the weekend, and more on Monday.

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Conservatives have set the gold standard in scare campaigns

Conservatives have set the gold standard in scare campaigns

Promoting fear and scare campaigns has been the stock in trade of conservatives in Australia for decades. Remember the yellow peril? The carbon tax?

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How an extreme form of climate science denial has found a home in Australia's Senate

How an extreme form of climate science denial has found a home in Australia’s Senate

One result in the country’s upper house has sparked a wave of discontent, reflection and rage.

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Hidden climate report could help Malcolm find the middle

Hidden climate report could help Malcolm find the middle

Delayed report by the Climate Change Authority could provide Turnbull with a blue-print for a shift to the centre on critical climate policies. Little wonder that the Far Right has gone into melt-down.