Proposals to produce diesel, urea and export-suitable briquettes from New Zealand's brown coal would 'hugely increase' carbon emissions and the nation's CO2 trading rules should ban granting them free carbon credits, says a report released today by NZ Environment Commissioner Dr Jan Wright (with video).
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* EPA Victoria launches searchable database of licences * NSW environment department targets coal mines * NZ opens new marine energy funding round * Victoria offers free test drives of electric cars, hybrids
By global standards Australia is investing a paltry amount on developing next-generation biofuels, says Caltex CEO Julian Segal, who describes the notion that a $10 carbon tax could be an acceptable alternative to emissions trading as a 'dangerous fallacy'.
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