ACT Energy Minister Simon Corbell intends to rally state governments to implement their own renewable energy policies should the Abbott government adopt the ‘dismal” recommendations of the Warburton review
Articles by Giles Parkinson
Giles Parkinson is a journalist of 30 years experience, a former Business Editor and Deputy Editor of the Financial Review, a columnist for The Bulletin magazine and The Australian, and the former editor of Climate Spectator.
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ACIL Allen says it was instructed by RET Review panel – headed by climate skeptic Dick Warburton – to ignore commercial realities around coal-fired generation. Such modelling would be rejected by any company board, and the government should do the same.
After months of denying a bias against renewables and climate science, RET Review head Dick Warburton says globe not warming, developing renewables pointless.
Wind farms in Australia may have to close under proposals put forward by RET Review panel, which is accused of ignoring financing issues.
Hunt says slashing renewables target to 25,000GWh would not break an election promise – because 41,000GWh was nothing but a “flaw in system”.
The Warburton review may cause a brief boom in rooftop solar, but it will kill the prospect of large scale solar farms, and set the industry back a decade in Australia – the country that should be leading the world in solar energy.