Jun 16, 2014

Renewable energy on the table as Plibersek visits China

A partnership with China on renewable energy could have the dual benefit of showing we do want to be friends and helping set Australia’s economy up for a future beyond the quarry and the sheep’s back.

Michael Sainsbury — Freelance correspondent in Asia and <em>Little Red Blog</em> Editor

Michael Sainsbury

Freelance correspondent in Asia and Little Red Blog Editor

Unless Australia acts on renewable energy, we could miss out on a lucrative partnership with our biggest trading partner, Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek says.

At the end of her first visit to China last week, Plibersek told Crikey that climate change and renewable energy had been raised in a string of meetings with a wide range of officials at vice-minister and senior party committee level in Beijing.

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5 thoughts on “Renewable energy on the table as Plibersek visits China

  1. MJPC

    Memo to M/s Plibersek; sorry you had to waste your trip on visiting Chinese industry leaders. The possibility of gaining joint ventures with Australia into the research and developing of renewables is a non-starter with the current flat earthers running this country.
    Mr Abbott has assured us he is a conservationist; he will conserve the status coal of digging coal as the temperature rises and the rest of the world develops the 21st Century power sources to save the environment.
    Inductry leaders want the fast $ is Australia, not developing the future.

  2. Mark Duffett

    What would Australia bring to a renewable energy ‘partnership’ with China? Raw materials? It’s not clear how this takes us ‘beyond the quarry’, if so. Ephemeral technological niches? Certainly not our manufacturing capacity! Or is it simply about opportunities for Chinese investment in RE generation in Australia?

  3. AR

    Duffer always manages to find the cloud to the silver lining – just a nice change that it isn’t mushroom shaped, as per usual.

  4. fractious

    @ Duffett, which bit of a potential future market in the hundreds of billions don’t you understand? Do you understand the concept of “future”? Of generations born long after you’ve been interred?

  5. Mark Duffett

    What part of my questions didn’t you understand, fractious? I’ll distil them into this one to make it easier: What are we going to be selling into this ‘potential future market’?

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