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A new VIC power plant put on hold as Mac Gen cuts its assets by $700m

A new VIC power plant put on hold as Mac Gen cuts its assets by $700m

In Victoria, HRL announced yesterday that it would it was putting on hold its plan to build a new coal and gas fired power plant at Morwell following a decision by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Spinning the news on Baillieu's brown coal plans

Spinning the news on Baillieu's brown coal plans

Yesterday the news broke that Victoria's Baillieu government is preparing to open new brown coal allocations in the state and it will embark on a intense communications strategy to address "community concerns" about the high carbon emissions in brown coal.

Australia's carbon tax battle: where it fits into the global war

Australia's carbon tax battle: where it fits into the global war

Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus write: As two Americans watching from the sidelines as Australia tears itself apart over a carbon tax, it is impossible not to be reminded of our own country’s self-destructive battle over cap and trade in 2009 and 2010. And little wonder why: the Left and Right partiesin Australia have adopted […]

Will the carbon price rule out new coal?

Will the carbon price rule out new coal?

On Sunday evening, after reading the Dr Seuss classic “If I ran the zoo” to my three year old daughter, I sat on the couch, fortified myself with a strong drink, and began to read the Treasury modelling on the carbon price (I know, I know, it’s an exciting life). After reading the projections for […]

The Point Lowly desal plant that's got SA squabbling

The Point Lowly desal plant that's got SA squabbling

BHP Billiton refuses to back down from its controversial plans to build a desalination plant at Point Lowly, South Australia. The plant forms part of the proposed Olympic Dam mine expansion, but fears are growing over the possible risk of significant environmental damage

CCS is doomed, yet we've pumped millions in to it

CCS is doomed, yet we've pumped millions in to it

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is often seen as coal's redeeming feature. Its supporters claim that the carbon dioxide emissions caused by coal-fired electricity can be captured and then stored in geological formations, for geological time periods. If I am correct, then it is a technological failure and its primary function has been to delay climate action and divert funding that should be going to solar, wind and other proven technologies.