The federal government's Climate Change Authority has given the middle finger to those who would reduce public subsidies to renewable energy -- although it's accepted that solar rebates are probably too high.

The statutory body established four months ago to advise Canberra on climate policy has released its first draft of a major review into the renewable energy target. The process has flushed out a wave of hostility to the RET from coal-fired power stations and their allies, who want the target cut back.