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Director Climate & Energy Program @TheAusInstitute, #auspol(ish), #fairdinkumpower ranger, all views shared are my own
18 May
Energy and Emissions Reductions Minister #AngusTaylor quietly commissioned fossil fuel executive Grant King to review gov climate policy

Its out and its worrying

It help polluters with quicker, cheaper, easier reductions at climate's and taxpayer's expense.

First this is a red carpet exercise for the Government's failed clean coal technologies

This includes amending mandates for our clean energy funding bodies the @CEFCAus and @ARENA_aus to now allow them to not fund clean energy through CCS…
King calls for the limited climate funding (only $2b over 10yrs vs 100 times that spent on #covid19) to go to Carbon Capture and Storage

The gov has already spent $1.3b on CCS with nothing to show for it, see @TheAusInstitute report

Yep clean coal 2.0…
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27 Feb
Minister for Emissions Reductions will move away from highly successful emission reduction tech (renewable energy)....

To the most unsuccessful emissions reduction technologies in the last 15 years - Carbon Capture and Storage for Fossil Fuels

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) coupled with coal ('clean coal') has been a dismissal failure

Both Labor and Coalition governments have invested over $1.3 billion since 2003 to get CCS on coal up and running and have nothing to show for it

The optimism and money thrown at CCS has been an international failure and distraction to keep fossil fuels alive

See @TheAusInstitute report in 2018 that every target set for CCS, be it from IEA to IPCC has failed.

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6 Jan
There will be alot of scrambling to hide years of climate wrecking behaviour from the likes Business Council of Australia and major fossil fuel companies

Don't be fooled - they are just trying to buy their way back and as cheaply as possible


Responsible for half national increase in Australia's emission 2017-2018 from failed CCS

Shouted down the WA Government when asked to offset future emissions

Massive tax dodger! Caught by ATO expects $10 BILLION back

Gives $1m charity #auspol
Business Council of Australia, lobby of biggest richest companies

Flip flopped on climate with each PM, including on the 2011 carbon price

Claimed Aus doing the bottom end of its fair share (45% cut) was 'economy wrecking'

Set up a $25m trust fund

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10 Dec 19
Minister Angus Taylor addressed the UN Climate Conference #COP25 today

While Australia is on fire, impacts supercharged by climate change, the Australian government is lobbying for it (and others) to do less climate action

Worth letting that sink in

Mega thread #auspol
Speech - "The Paris Agreement sent a powerful signal to the world that countries are serious about climate action...

Unfortunately this doesn't extend to Aus, with
- emissions
- fossil fuel exports
- climate impacts
- reliance on loopholes…
“Australia is committed to the Paris Agreement. We are already on track to meet and beat the target we have set for 2030…

Actually emissions continue to trend upwards, noting a sight dip due to loss of agriculture from climate impacts...…
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21 Nov 19
1/ Time to dispel a few climate furphies.

The first is that no one is doing anything on #ClimateChange.

Here is the % change in emissions (excluding LULUCF) from 2005-17 for all #OECD nations.

Australia is one of only five (in red) that has increased emissions! #auspol

All 32 OECD countries combined make up 57% of world GDP and those countries that saw emissions fall make up 54% of world GDP.

Australia is not part of the pack. It is at the back and is an outlier #auspol #ClimateCrisis

(thanks @MattGrudnoff @TheAusInstitute for stats)
3/ Australia’s total emissions rank it as 14 largest in the world.

Australia has higher absolute emissions than 40 countries with bigger populations.

If you look at per capita emissions, Australia tops it.
#auspol #COP25
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1 May 19
The long expected modelling of Labor's climate policy by long-time coal consultant Brian Fisher, BAEconomics is out and it will be parroted by #greatworkme @AngusTaylorMP on @RNBreakfast this morning #auspol

Here are the many red flags in this work 👇…
Firstly, it misunderstand Paris Agreement. It assumes the Coalition Government's 26% target is all Australia needs to comply.

It is not.

Coalition policy to hit 26% is rated as 'highly insufficient' according to @climateactiontr and in line with 4 degree global warming
Paris is asking for targets aligned with under 2 degrees global warming.

Labor's 45% target is just within this band according to the Climate Change Authority.

All countries are expected to regularly ratchet up its target to align with 2 degrees.…
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16 Nov 18
Professor Diesendorf's simple four-step recipe for #fairdinkumpower published by @TheAusInstitute in @renew_economy today

1) Provide additional $4 billion to @ARENA_aus & $2 billion @CEFCAus over 4 yrs to to stimulate dispatchable, flexible, renewable electricity and storage
2) expedite construction of key transmission links between Qld and NSW, SA and NSW, within north-western and western Vic, and within northern NSW to better integrate renewable electricity into the grid;… #auspol
3) bring forward simple rule changes in #NEM to reward demand response and flexible, fast-response, dispatchable power and to reduce ‘gaming’ of the market by gas-fired generators

(See @DanJCass demand response rule suggestion -…)
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