Tony Abbott’s chief business advisor celebrates the scrapping of a wind farm and suggests there will be more to come with a change in government.
Abbott vows to fast-track coal mines while policies put hold on wind and solar; while Rudd’s floating carbon price to favour black coal generators. Meanwhile, Mark Butler is the new climate change minister (with environment), and the Greens call for a 90% renewables target for 2030.
Good luck guessing what the melt-down in Canberra means for climate and renewable energy policies. But one positive spin is that we are half way to the election everyone wanted. Expect an accelerated passage to an ETS, CEFC investments to depend on election timing, and a plea for Rudd to stop saying ‘we’re cooking with gas.’
The Coalition is full of ill-informed anti-renewable energy rhetoric, and there is huge pressure – from outside forces and within its own ranks – to take action to curb its expansion. So what are the ways that Tony Abbott’s team could effectively kill the development of renewables in Australia?
IPART suggests Abbott can keep the carbon price and cut energy bills. But it still wants to kill the renewables target.
The Pollute-O-Meter is back. How do the policies of the presumed government-in-waiting stack up to their commitments on carbon and climate?
It promises to repeal the carbon tax, but the Coalition’s Direct Action Plan may miss the opportunity to drive energy innovation.
Danny Kennedy, an Australian who founded solar leasing firm Sungevity, explains his solar message for Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard.
The Opposition leader’s pledge to repeal the carbon price is looking more and more absurd, particularly after this week’s Aus-China Climate Change Forum.
Obama’s renewed vow to act on climate change leaves the Tony Abbott rhetoric looking empty. But it’s remarkable how locked in step Australia’s Opposition leader is with Marco Rubio, the Tea Party favourite the Republicans dispatched to talk down clean energy.