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By Clyde Russell
LAUNCESTON, Australia, Feb 11 (Reuters) – The closure of oneof Australia’s last remaining oil refineries, carbon bordertaxes in Europe and a proposal for the world’s biggest batterystorage plant may seem unrelated at first glance.
But they all speak to the ongoing failure of Australia’sconservative government to produce a coherent energy and climatechange policy, one that gains public and business sector supportand recognises the reality of a changing world.
It’s no secret that many leading members of Prime MinisterScott Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition government are infavour of ongoing, and increased, use of fossil fuels overrenewable alternatives.
But it seems the federal government can’t even get a fossilfuel policy that works, and the closure of the Exxon