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Category: Malcolm Turnbull

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Malcolm Turnbull has become a de-facto climate denier

Malcolm Turnbull has become a de-facto climate denier

Macron’s dressing down of Malcolm Turnbull on his lack of leadership on climate change underlines a disturbing point: Turnbull may not deny the science of climate change, but he does deny the need to act now, and the economic benefits of embracing renewables.

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Coalition renewables naysayers were wrong. So, so wrong

Coalition renewables naysayers were wrong. So, so wrong

The Coalition has been an inexhaustible source of confident declarations that renewable energy faced serious, immediate limitations in scale and cost. Let’s fact-check that.

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Pro-coal ‘Monash Forum’ may do little but blacken name of revered Australian

Pro-coal ‘Monash Forum’ may do little but blacken name of revered Australian

Aim of Monash Forum may be to ensure renewable energy wins slowly enough that coal can earn one last payday.

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Emperor with no clothes: NEG could kill investment in storage

Emperor with no clothes: NEG could kill investment in storage

If the NEG could get one thing right, you might think it would be a signal for new investment in “dispatchable” capacity. But Tesla and Genex, the leading developers of battery storage and pumped hydro projects, say it could do the opposite.

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Will Turnbull's Snowy Hydro continue its war against battery storage?

Will Turnbull’s Snowy Hydro continue its war against battery storage?

Turnbull’s purchase of Snowy Hydro means he is now both utility owner and policy maker. More concerning is that the newly purchased Snowy Hydro has a strong economic interest in preventing the battery storage market from taking off.

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National Energy Guarantee leaves no guarantees

National Energy Guarantee leaves no guarantees

There are some significant issues still to be resolved around the NEG – complexity and potential costs are concerning.

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Australian wind, solar investment hits record high as NEG threatens to push it off a cliff

Australian wind, solar investment hits record high as NEG threatens to push it off a cliff

The race to meet Australia’s large-scale renewable energy target has helped drive record investment in 2017, says BNEF. But the RET’s fulfilment could also see investment go off a cliff, with only the Coalition’s proposed National Energy Guarantee to cushion the fall.

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Three years after Tesla visit, Turnbull may finally act on EVs

Three years after Tesla visit, Turnbull may finally act on EVs

Energy minister Josh Frydenberg has declared Australia’s electric vehicle revolution to be “nigh.” But can the Coalition back its proselytising with policies? Or will EVs go the way of renewable energy in the party room?

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Turnbull has politicked himself into irrelevance on energy and climate in 2018

Turnbull has politicked himself into irrelevance on energy and climate in 2018

Medals of Valour should be awarded to Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, AEMO chief executive Audrey Zibelman, and South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill.

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Federal Climate Policy Review: a recipe for business as usual

Federal Climate Policy Review: a recipe for business as usual

There are four key steps to ensure that climate policy remains a recipe for business as usual, and the Australian government has followed them to the letter.

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Turnbull blows trumpet for right wing idiocy on energy

Turnbull blows trumpet for right wing idiocy on energy

Malcolm Turnbull now appears perfectly comfortable parroting right wing nonsense about energy policy, branding high renewable policies as “idiocy” and defending the future of coal. That may be because mainstream media won’t challenge him.