Feb 18, 2014

Sceptical review: clean energy finding no friends in high places

The renewable energy sector has talked tough on the government's review of the Renewable Energy Target, but in reality the industry is in very deep trouble. Dick Warburton seems certain to scale it back.

Australian clean energy groups put on plenty of bravado when the federal government unveiled the members and the terms of reference of its long-threatened review of the Renewable Energy Target on Monday. “Bring it on,” challenged the Clean Energy Council. Other groups like Vestas, the world’s biggest wind turbine maker, and Pacific Hydro, Australia’s biggest specialist investor in renewables, suggested the facts would speak for themselves.

If the clean energy industry thinks facts will win this argument, it is kidding itself. It has taken the government several months to work out how it will get around its statutory obligation for the Climate Change Authority to conduct the next review. In choosing climate change science denier Dick Warburton to head its inquiry, the Abbott government has chosen someone who has not let facts get in the way of his ideology and policy positions.

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22 thoughts on “Sceptical review: clean energy finding no friends in high places

  1. Jimmy

    This govt is fast showing a great aptitude for annoucning reviews stacked with reviewers guaranteed to find the result the govt has already decided on – I have said it before but I’ll sday it again, history wil judge the decision at the last election very harshly.

  2. klewso

    “We’re producing too much electricity” from renewables – we’ll have to cut that to make it more profitable for “industry”?
    Sound like that Howard-Wooldridge-Nelson “review” that led to cutting back doctor numbers – assuring incomes? Then we had Patel, making up for their engineered shortfall?

  3. Tamas Calderwood

    He doesn’t accept the science. Given the consensus of thousands of scientists, all major scientific bodies and all but a couple of rogue governments, denial and what he calls “scepticism” amount to the same thing.”

    Hmm…  well, there is the matter of the 16 year temperature “pause”…  I don’t remember thousands of scientists and all major scientific bodies predicting no warming for this long.

  4. Jimmy

    Klewso – I heard the AMA come out the other day saying that the increased number of uni places in medicine will lead to a strain on the medical systme becuase doctors will over refer and do un-needed treatments to keep their income up.
    The alternative I suppose would be to just get by on $180k a year.

  5. Jimmy

    Tamas – You have been warned before about cheery picking time frames to make a faulty case, try to learn from your mistakes.

  6. DiddyWrote

    Abbott and his government are practising Anthropogenic Climate Change Denial by deed if not by word, which is actually worse.

  7. Electric Lardyland

    Now kids, which one of Tony Abbott’s positions on climate change, do you think is the genuine one?
    A: “Climate change is absolute crap”.
    B: “I believe in the science of climate change”.

    Gee, it’s a tough one?

  8. Electric Lardyland

    Yes, DW, I’m still wondering if anyone in the Australian media, will get around to asking Abbott about his previous few years of lying about climate change policy? I mean, after his time in opposition and his unhinged, ‘She lied, she lied to all of us’ routine; you’d think that there might be somebody interested in pointing out his relentless dishonesty and hypocrisy.

  9. Jimmy

    EL – You’ll be waiting a long time before the media call Tony on a l i e. After all one of his own MP’s called him on re the SPC wages, TOyota called him & Hockey on it regarding the Toyota Wages and now Alcoa have called them both on it again regrarding the Carbon Taxes role in thier shut down – yet the media stay mute.

  10. Dogs breakfast

    .. and Jesus wept!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ot a climate change denier but a “sceptic” about the role of humans in climate change. He doesn’t accept the science.

    It’s not that I believe that Dick Warburton is a sorry excuse for a cross between Elmur Fudd and Satan, it’s just that I’m extremely sceptical about any point of view that suggests otherwise.

    I know that science thinks that Elmer Fudd is a cartoon character, and that Satan doesn’t exist, but I just don’t believe the science.

    Sigh 🙁

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