Friday, June 23, 2017

Climate forces consolidate as coal backers rush for government help

Forces on the green-energy side are positioning for a renewed climate change debate in coming months, as the Turnbull government struggles to convince internal dissenters of the need for tougher carbon reduction measures.

Ben Oquist, executive director of the Australia Institute. 
The nation's preeminent advocate of strong laws against carbon emissions, the Climate Institute, will close its doors on June 30 after a dozen years in operation, and transfer its assets and intellectual property to high-profile progressive think tank the Australia Institute.

The financial terms of the new arrangement have been kept confidential.

As the recipient body, the economically-oriented Australia Institute will in turn establish a dedicated "Climate and Energy Program" with the aim of stepping up the public pressure on lawmakers to meet Australia's obligations under the Paris Accord. 

Read Mark Kenny’s story in today’s Melbourne Age - “Climate forces consolidate as coal backers rush for government help.”

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