Author Archive for: Greg Jericho

Fracking and coal seam gas is no solution to an energy crisis of our own making | Greg Jericho

The energy market operator’s figures hide the fact that Australia is not suffering from a lack of gas at allThe current gas crisis is a prime example of how energy policy has been mishandled in this country. But it should not be an excuse for continu…

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Electricity pricing is confusing and that’s why they’re using it to mislead us | Greg Jericho

One of the more frustrating aspects of energy policy is that it begins and ends with electricity prices and the over-arching issue of climate change is a side issueThe government has clearly decided that electricity prices is its key message for the ne…

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Government shows contempt for millennials, no wonder they’re not optimistic

From wanting to raise the Newstart eligibility age from 22 to 25, to inaction on climate change, the government gambles that young people can’t hurt itThis week came the news that Australia’s millennial generation are the least optimistic in the wo…

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Not even the tennis can distract us from how badly this government is doing | Greg Jericho

Most political garbage gets taken out just before Christmas but new reports slipped through the net – and they deserve noticeWhen the news is bad, governments love distractions, and this week the Australian Open has been excellent for diverting voter…

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On climate change and the economy, we’re trapped in an idiotic netherworld | Greg Jericho

The shrieks of horror that follow mentions of pricing carbon show politics remains wedded to the belief that economic growth trumps concerns of climate changeThis week was a prime example of how economics and, by extension, politics doesn’t cope very…

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As climate disaster looms, Malcolm Turnbull needs to stop appeasing and start leading

Hazelwood’s closure should force both federal and state governments to acknowledge the future is here alreadyAs the Chicago Cubs finally won the baseball World Series, Twitter was awash with comments on things that had happened since 1908 – the las…

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Scott Morrison and the budget just got lucky with the price of coal

The treasurer said it was China, rather than then treasurer Wayne Swan, who saved Australia from the global financial crisis. Who will he credit this time?The old adage in sport is that it’s better to be lucky than good, and it applies as well to bei…

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Scott Morrison and the budget just got lucky with the price of coal

The treasurer said it was China, rather than then treasurer Wayne Swan, who saved Australia from the global financial crisis. Who will he credit this time?The old adage in sport is that it’s better to be lucky than good, and it applies as well to bei…

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I spend my time writing about the economy, but the climate data hits me right in the gut | Greg Jericho

I love my graphs and get carried away by data, but if the world keeps warming like this, talking about GDP and housing affordability will all be rather quaintLast week it was announced that June was the warmest June on record – making it the 14th con…

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You’re crazy if you believe Labor’s emission cuts would cost $600 bn | Greg Jericho

Despite the fear-mongering, the Coalition’s own modelling shows if emissions were cut 45% below 2005 levels by 2030, GDP growth would stay above 2%When a government is embarrassed about something, it puts it out late on Friday afternoon without even …

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