Electricity reform will be first cab off the rank in a sweeping rewrite of energy and environmental laws under a Labor government, shadow minister Mark Butler said.
Ben PotterElectricity reform, “fair price trigger” in gas market, national standards to control land clearing by farmers and a good hard look at @snowyhydro business case among the priorities as MarkButler aims to crack the power investment logjam
A new survey confirms the gulf between Queensland and the southern capital cities that has split the Morrison government over the Adani mine approval.
Ben PotterAlso, survey has climate #1 issue in @tonyabbott's seat of Warringah and in Higgins in Melbourne's leafy easter burbs with eye popping 67% rating it in top three: Adani mine, climate create great divide
The manager of $45.5 billion of federal public servants' retirement funds dumped its stake in Adani in February as Norway's sovereign fund proposes selling out of coal.
Ben PotterCommonwealth Super Corp - the $208bn super fund for federal public servants - dumped its #Adani holding in February, and Norwegian government pension fund could come under pressure to divest @bhp , @Glencore , @South_32
There are now "significant and well publicised risks associated with climate change and global warming that would be regarded by a court as foreseeable", say two top lawyers.
Ben PotterDirectors' climate liability exposure increasing 'exponentially' - says update of landmark 2016 opinion by Noel Hutley and Sebastian Hartford Davis that prefigured the dramatic escalation of regulatory, investor scrutiny of firms’ climate risk management
The gas industry is braced for tougher emissions targets under Labor, which will have to decide how much to exempt heavy industry, exemptions that will only shift the burden to other companies.
Ben PotterLNG dodged a bullet in WA but huge surge in emissions means it will be hard to exempt as generously under past schemes in Labor's Safeguard Mechanism 2.0 carbon scheme...
LNG, heavy industry nervous about Labor's carbon plan
Six Queensland rebel MPs have been inspired to action by a thesis that says the state's Labor government is "robbing $1.5 billion from all Queenslanders" in power bills. There's some truth to this - or there was.
Ben PotterGood point from Matt Stevens - the big stick Nats warriors are from regulated energy markets in the sticks, nothing to gain for their constituents in this, just screwing Morrison Govt re-election chances all overagain - Energy wars meet Lord of the Flies
More than 20 projects under the Coalition's $2.5 billion Emissions Reduction Fund have failed to deliver a promised 13.5 million tonnes in carbon abatement and have been terminated by the Commonwealth over the past four years.
Ben PotterRevealed: the Emission Reduction Fund projects that failed
A landmark ruling against a coal mine in the NSW Land and Environment Court could pave the way for US-style compensation claims and make it harder to finance coal mines, a law firm says.
Ben PotterA landmark ruling against the Ricky Hill coal mine in the NSW Land and Environment Court could pave the way for US-style compensation claims and make it harder to finance coal mines, a law firm says.