This Monday marks the 50th anniversary of Victoria’s Hazelwood Power Station, which in 2005 was named the most polluting operating station in the developed world. Earlier this year a toxic fire at the Hazelwood coal mine burned for 45 days! Energy technology has changed a lot since the sixties. Isn’t it time Australia’s energy sources
The problems of energy poverty are real and large. The coal industry says that “coal is the answer to energy poverty”. However, when coal companies contribute to energy poverty alleviation they ironically use alternative energy sources. Even coal companies DON’T use coal to provide electricity to the world’s poor.
The Government is moving to lower the renewable energy target, despite strong support for investment in cleaner energy sources. Recent research by The Australia Institute shows an overwhelming 90 per cent of people want more solar power in the nation’s electricity mix. If the rainy UK can produce 5000GW of solar, why can’t Australia?
Dick Warburton’s Renewable Energy Review was meant to come back with a way to scrap the RET & make electricity cheaper. Instead, it found that scrapping the RET would make electricity more expensive. It went ahead and recommended the two options that will costs consumers the most. Renewable energy – too important to dick around
Over 60 economists from universities and institutions around Australia have signed a statement calling on the government to stop citing a ‘budget emergency’ in Australia. Australia does not face any present or imminent debt crisis – despite what the Government’s rhetoric would have the public believe. The language of crisis has been used to justify a
Tackling inequality is a political choice, not an economic problem. In a country that has long prided itself on being the land of the ”fair go” the gap between those who have much, and those who have little continues to grow. The nature and extent of inequality is the choice of policy makers. We have
The Renewable Energy Target (RET) is working hard at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and in a few years the price of electricity will be lower than it would be without it. It has been blamed for energy price rises again this week but our research shows it’s being made a scapegoat. Sources: Fighting Dirty on
The Minerals Council says mining receives zero dollars in subsidies. We’ve gone through the last six years of State budget papers to see, for the first time, how much does actually flow to the mining industry from State governments. It’s a long way from zero dollars. And it’s money that could be spent on services
The gas industry has been prolific in putting out exaggerated claims about CSG’s economic benefits while at the same time staying almost completely silent on the health and environmental risks. This fact sheet helps debunk industry myths about CSG.