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This paper addresses the question: what things can the petroleum industry do in pursuit of its economic interests that will also help to reduce greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere?
The industry has accepted that climate change is real and human-induced, and has even...
This report assesses existing research to address the question of whether unconventional gas should be endorsed as a major future energy source, based on its impacts on human health and the climate.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that Australia needs to change...
Despite much of the election being allegedly fought on 'economic management' neither the ALP nor the Coalition were asked to explain how it was that they simultaneously claimed to be 'good economic managers' yet were determined to ignore all economic evidence about the best...
What are green jobs? What policies can create green jobs? And is the term ‘green jobs’ meaningful in itself or is it just a politically attractive phrase? This paper seeks to answer these questions.
Despite a great deal of enthusiasm about green jobs, there...
Coal-fired power stations comprise the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Australia, accounting for 36 per cent of total emissions in 2008. Any determined effort to tackle what Prime Minister Rudd has referred to as the 'moral challenge' of climate change would presumably seek...
Clive Hamilton argues that the shift of government research funding from renewables to geosequestration and the recent interest in a nuclear power industry suggest that the federal government’s strategy is to actively delay any moves to temper the growth of Australia’s emissions for 20 years...
This discussion paper argues that requiring Australia’s agricultural sector to reduce emissions by at least 26% by 2030 would impose significant costs and reduced production for the industry.
The Australia Institute has reviewed economic modelling of climate policies released by Brian Fisher, of BAEconomics. The review shows that BAEconomics’ modelling is based on flawed assumptions and its conclusions are not valid.
New analysis of the BAE economics modelling by Brian Fisher highlights that it is based on numerous flawed assumptions which cast serious doubt to the validity of the claims contained.
This paper analyses 22 recent modelling reports of the economic impacts of higher ambition targets. Extensive literature shows Australia can achieve higher ambition targets with very small economic impacts. Claims that higher ambition would be ‘economy wrecking’ or ‘apocalyptic’ are not credible.