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Poll finds 60% believe carbon tax had little or no effect on electricity bills 28.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Only 21% of voters polled believe that the carbon price had a large impact on power prices and only 9% thought the repeal had pushed prices down

More than 60% of voters think the former Labor government’s carbon price had no effect, or only a small effect, on electricity bills – as the Abbott government tries to rerun its cost of living argument against Labor’s pledge to re-introduce an emissions trading scheme.

Only 21% of voters (30% of Liberal/National voters and 15% of Labor and Green voters) believe the carbon price had a big impact on electricity prices, according to the latest poll by Essential Media.

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ETS would be more cost-effective than higher renewables target, analyst says 27.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

An emissions trading scheme would be cheaper and more effective than Labor’s 50% renewables goal or the government’s Direct Action policy, Paul Hyslop says

The author of the $60bn price tag for Bill Shorten’s new renewable energy goal – cited by Tony Abbott as proof the scheme is unaffordable – says an emissions trading scheme like the one the Coalition abolished would be more cost-effective than either the coalition’s “Direct Action” plan or Labor’s new goal.

ACIL Allen Consulting chief executive, Paul Hyslop, told Guardian Australia his $60bn cost estimate of Labor’s goal to have 50% of Australia’s electricity generated by renewables by 2030 was based on a quick calculation of how much extra renewable capacity would be required, and the cost to deliver it though wind power.

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Malcolm Turnbull undermines Abbott's 'electricity tax scam' claim over ETS 27.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

As the PM ramps up attack on Labor’s promised emissions trading scheme, the communications minister admits all emission reduction policies come at a cost

Malcolm Turnbull has cut through the slogans and semantics dominating the climate policy debate – pointing out that all policies to push low-emission electricity generation come at a cost to households, including the ones the government supports, and that the cost of renewables is falling.

Tony Abbott on Monday unveiled a new three-word slogan to attack Labor’s promised emissions trading scheme – saying it was an “electricity tax scam”. The prime minister also labelled Labor’s promise to source 50% of electricity from renewables by 2030 “bizarre” and “unnecessary”, said it would cause “a massive overbuild in windfarms” and claimed it could cost “$60bn or more”.

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Hysterical Bill Shorten headlines miss the point: no credible climate policy exists 24.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
It’s been hard to miss the hyperventilating news coverage about Labor’s new emissions ‘aspiration’, but neither major party has a plan for climate change It was hard to miss the screaming headlines as I arrived home from an overseas holiday Thursday. Bill Shorten had apparently committed a gory and unfathomable act of political harakiri with a “loony … lurch to the left” climate policy that had guaranteed Tony Abbott victory at the next election. The Labor leader was a “ zombie ” with a “death wish” (I thought zombies were already dead, but anyway...) and was advocating a “massive” carbon tax, or perhaps two or three massive carbon taxes all at the same time, in a bloody-minded multitaxing attempt to bankrupt hard-working Aussie families in the interests of appeasing inner-city families ( who apparently also eat a lot of goats cheese ...
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Shorten calls for an ETS and half of Labor MPs to be women by 2025 – video 24.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten says he wants to deliver an emissions trading scheme and ensure that half of Labor MPs will be women by 2025, during his opening address to Labor's 47th national conference in Melbourne. Shorten also pledges to seek support for same-sex marriage and an Australian republic Continue reading...
Bill Shorten recommits to ETS, opposing 'Abbott’s society of flat-earthers' 23.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Notes for Labor leader’s opening address to party conference include a vow not to succumb to ‘ridiculous scare campaigns’ and declare that an ETS is not a tax

Bill Shorten was due to recommit to an emissions trading scheme in his first speech to Labor’s national conference as party leader, vowing not to succumb to “ridiculous scare campaigns” by Tony Abbott’s “society of flat earthers”.

The Labor leader intended to stare down the prime minister’s warnings about a return to the Gillard government’s carbon tax by declaring emphatically that “an ETS is not a tax” and Australia must not be a laggard on climate policy.

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Where are the concrete plans for action in the development finance deal? | Alex Evans 16.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

The finance for development summit in Addis did at least highlight the message that no one gets left behind, but came up with no significant plan to achieve that

Start with the good news from this week’s finance for development conference in Addis Ababa: at least it got the narrative right.

Three key messages stand out.

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Green campaigners condemn review of Europe's emissions trading 15.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Commissioner for climate action and energy says restructuring scheme will clean up planet while safeguarding the interests of business

Some of Europe’s heaviest polluters are in line for €160bn (£112bn) of free carbon permits under a planned restructuring of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), a key weapon in the fight against climate change.

The European Commission is proposing to reduce the number of free allowances and the companies eligible for them in a move condemned as too harsh by the British steel industry but too weak by green campaigners.

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Has the EU’s carbon trading system made business greener? 15.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
A report marking 10 years of the ETS finds carbon trading has helped companies to reduce emissions but low carbon prices continue to dog the scheme The EU is celebrating 10 years of the world’s largest carbon trading system this year by looking at new reforms to keep it on track. The emissions trading scheme (ETS), which covers half of Europe’s CO2 emissions by limiting the number of carbon permits available to energy generators and industry, has been dogged by low prices and oversupply of allowances. The problems are largely ones of success – carbon emissions are lower than anticipated. But much of the oversupply was caused by the recession in Europe, so has the trading system been a waste of time or has it changed business attitudes and ...
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EU Unveils Carbon-Trading Revamp 15.7.2015 Wall St. Journal: Europe
Energy commission intends to speed up reduction of energy allowances doled out by Brussels.
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Greg Hunt attacks Labor's carbon-tax ‘double whammy’ at Caltex press conference – video 15.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
Environment minister attacks what he calls Labor's carbon tax 'double whammy' while hosting a press conference promoting Caltex's 'Vortex fuel efficiency challenge'. Hunt says the ALP's leaked carbon working paper is an attempt to either kill off Labor's plans for a tax, or Shorten himself, and that the paper shows plans for a 'massive tax' on gas, electricity and 'potentially' fuel Continue reading...
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Tony Abbott revives anti-carbon tax campaign as Labor recommits to ETS 15.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Prime minister quickly seizes on leaked ALP options paper, saying Labor wants ‘to reintroduce not just a carbon tax but a triple-whammy carbon tax’

Tony Abbott has revived his anti-carbon tax campaign after the Labor party recommitted to take an emissions trading scheme (ETS) to the next federal election.

While the Labor party has previously indicated it would draw up an election policy that included an ETS, the leak of an internal options paper to the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday revived the politically fraught debate about climate action.

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EU's ETS Needs More Oversight 2.7.2015 Wall St. Journal: Europe
The European Commission should consider some changes to the bloc’s emissions trading system to further improve the working of the carbon market and increase investor confidence.
The Guardian view on expanding Heathrow: just say no | Editorial 2.7.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
The debate about where to build extra airport capacity has been a giant distraction. The climate demands drawing a line under aviation’s growth Britain finally confronted the point of a decision on a difficult question that it had ducked for far too long. Or, at least, that is how the Airports Commission presented its endorsement of an extra runway at Heathrow . The airwaves reverberated with the voices of the sort of men who never shrug off a boyhood Airfix fixation, arguing with burning intensity about whether the precise spec and coordinates of the Heathrow proposal, and its Gatwick rival, had the makings of a world-beating hub. A few voices were raised about the “environmental” effect, in the sense of the immediate local environment – questions of noise, of birdlife and the extra fumes that could soon be inhaled by the suffering lungs of Middlesex. These are all real issues, but together with the diversionary debate about “where” rather than “whether”, they pale besides aviation’s contribution to the ...
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Australian climate policy paralysis has to end, business roundtable says 28.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Business and industry alliance sets out climate ‘principles’, including that climate policy should be ‘capable of achieving deep reductions’ in emissions

An unprecedented alliance of business, welfare and environmental groups and trade unions is demanding an end to Australia’s decade of political paralysis and division on climate policy, insisting the Abbott government make credible emission reduction commitments and the major parties agree on how the pledges should be implemented.

In an attempt to reset the bitter political debate on climate policy, the powerful line-up of interest groups has reached a historic agreement on “principles” that should guide Australia’s climate policy.

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Bill Shorten's crisis of confidence: how poll frontrunner became hollow man | Lenore Taylor 26.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

The Labor leader has an election-winning lead over an unpopular prime minister, but he increasingly seems unable to rise to the occasion

Even before Bill Shorten’s Very Difficult Fortnight, senior Labor figures were discussing what to do about their leader’s crisis of confidence.

For much of his life, Shorten has believed he is destined to lead Labor and become prime minister. He has always been a confidence player, supremely self-assured.

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EU ministers seek legally-binding and ambitious Paris climate deal 26.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Deal at UN climate summit later this year should be enforced through five-yearly reviews to avoid dangerous global warming, draft document shows

European Union ministers are seeking an ambitious, durable and legally-binding deal to curb global warming, enforced through five-yearly reviews, a draft of their position statement for UN climate talks shows.

EU environment ministers meet on 18 September in Brussels to iron out their joint position ahead of the UN talks in Paris in December. Diplomats have already drawn up a draft text.

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Pope attacks emissions trading as a possible 'ploy' 19.6.2015 Hindu: International
Pope Francis attacked one of the major policy initiatives in the fight to combat climate change, warning in his encyclical published on Thursday that the trading carbon credits could merely reward...
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Eight things we learned from the Pope's climate change encyclical 18.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

From calling on rich countries to pay their social debt to his thoughts on GM food and UN climate talks, here are the top highlights


Pope Francis has released an unprecedented encyclical on climate change and the environment. The 180-page document calls on rich nations to pay their “grave social debt” to poorer countries and lambasts the UN climate talks for a lack of progress. Here are eight things we learned:

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The Pope's encyclical on climate change – live reaction and analysis 18.6.2015 Guardian: Environment
On Thursday, the Vatican will publish Pope Francis’s long-awaited encyclical on the environment, which is likely to get a strong pushback from the US right 11.42am BST At 1.30pm BST, Donald William Wuerl, one of five cardinals who lead the US archdiocese, will be holding a press conference on the encyclical . I’ll try to summarise some of it here on the blog. 11.39am BST The pontiff included a personal handwritten note in his communication. It ended with a plea for help: “United in the lord, and please do not forget to pray for me.” "In bond of unity, charity and peace," Pope entrusts #LaudatoSi to world's bishops w/ personal note, asks prayers: ...
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