Over this past six months I have been closely watching the news - it has become clear that Australia's backing of fossil fuel exports are becoming increasingly untenable. The US has rejoined the Paris agreement, in October China vowed to reach net zero by 2060 - quickly followed by South Korea and Japan. This Asian tsunami away from coal is a huge proportion of our coal exports which accounted for over 55% in 2018.
And where does this position Australia with our reliance coal and the prospect of a gas lead recovery?
Tim Buckley is the Director of Energy Finance Studies at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. Tim is expertly placed to foresee how Australia's energy export prospects are likely to change as our export partners move away from coal and commit to net zero energy targets.
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Professor Ross Garnaut has been the most important climate policy strategist in Australia over the past 2 decades. His work reviewing the economics of a carbon price profoundly influenced the policy decision of the Rudd and Gillard governments. His 2019 book Superpower: Australia's Low Carbon Opportunity reframes the exhausted debate on climate change in Australia from necessary sacrifice to economic opportunity. His resent book Reset: Restoring Australia after the Pandemic Recession looks at Australia's recovery post-COVID.
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Jolene Elberth is the Australian Conservation Foundation's Democracy campaigner. Jolene has a deep understanding of how democracy in this country is being undermined by money and influence from various industries - in particular the fossil fuel lobby - how this impacts the decision making process of our politicians.
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