Energy

Time To Break The Shackles
27 December 2019

Time To Break The Shackles

Western Australia has always been a fast-moving, entrepreneurial, and successful state. Blessed with an abundance of natural resources, a thriving agricultural sector, and people with go-ahead attitude, WA has much to celebrate as the 2010s draw to a close. More people than ever before are in full-time work, exports are booming, and West Australians possess a lifestyle that is the
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Australia Must Withdraw From Paris Agreement
8 November 2019

Australia Must Withdraw From Paris Agreement

President Trump is keeping a promise he made during the 2016 election campaign to get the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Australia must do the same. In a speech to the Lowy Institute in October, Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned of the dangers of “negative” globalism; which “coercively seeks to impose a mandate from an often ill-defined
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Greens Only Want To Make Power Less Affordable
16 August 2019

Greens Only Want To Make Power Less Affordable

A Greens-backed bill prohibiting government funding of coal-fired power in Australia would further worsen Australia’s electricity crisis. Government intervention in the energy market has seen electricity prices increase by 220 percent over the last 20 years, far outpacing inflation and wage growth. Policies that favour renewable energy at the expense of coal and gas have proceeded every major jump in
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Delayed Adani Approval Highlights Australia’s Red Tape Crisis
13 June 2019

Delayed Adani Approval Highlights Australia’s Red Tape Crisis

“The delays to the Adani coal project caused by red tape, regulation, and government-enabled green activism must never be allowed to happen again to a resources project in Australia,” said Daniel Wild, Director of Research with the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the Queensland government cleared Adani’s final significant environment requirement via approval of a
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Eighty-Nine Billion New Reasons To Quit The Paris Agreement
20 March 2019

Eighty-Nine Billion New Reasons To Quit The Paris Agreement

Momentum continues to build for Australia to exit the Paris Climate Agreement. New economic modelling prepared by Managing Director of BAEconomics and former executive director of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Dr Brian Fisher, was released on Tuesday. It shows that the emission reduction obligations under the Paris Climate Agreement will cost Australia at least $89 billion
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Why Won’t Australia’s Ruling Elite Acknowledge The Benefits Of Coal?
22 February 2019

Why Won’t Australia’s Ruling Elite Acknowledge The Benefits Of Coal?

The hypocrisy of Australia’s anti-coal contingent was exemplified this week by Richard Marles, who is the federal Labor Party’s spokesman for Defence. Mr Marles said “the global market for thermal coal has collapsed, and wonderful — that’s a good thing.” This statement is, of course, untrue. There is a desire among many in the higher echelons of Australia’s political, corporate,
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Businesses And Workers Pay A High Price For Zero Emissions Targets
20 December 2018

Businesses And Workers Pay A High Price For Zero Emissions Targets

Don Harwin is to be credited for his role as the state’s Minister for Energy and Utilities. But his recent suggestions for the future of energy and climate policy in Australia are misguided. This week Harwin touted the NSW government’s policy of net zero emissions by 2050, argued for the integration of climate and energy policy, and decried the lack
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Scott Morrison’s Politics Must Have Some Policy
7 September 2018

Scott Morrison’s Politics Must Have Some Policy

“Dare to be different” is an advertising slogan employed in some form or another by companies like Honda to sell cars and Apple to sell computers, and by practically anyone who’s ever printed a T-shirt. If the Liberal Party is to have any chance of winning the next federal election Prime Minister Scott Morrison must not only say he’s different from
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ScoMo, Scrap Snowy 2.0
6 September 2018

ScoMo, Scrap Snowy 2.0

Only politicians could think it’s a good idea to spend billions of dollars pumping water uphill to generate electricity in a land with enough coal to last 1,000 years. Yet that is exactly what the federal government is doing. Flying in by helicopter, donning a leather jacket with snow-capped mountains in the background, former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull revealed his
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Blaming Jeff For Our Energy Mess Is A Joke
3 September 2018

Blaming Jeff For Our Energy Mess Is A Joke

Blaming your problems on the previous government is poor form. But blaming your problems on something that another government did over 25 years ago is, to put it politely, taking the mickey. Yet that is exactly what Daniel Andrews did recently when he effectively blamed former premier Jeff Kennett for the spiralling energy prices that have occurred on his watch.
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