Jun 16, 2017

Who are the Liberal MPs worried about Turnbull’s Clean Energy Target?

Crikey intern Will Ziebell looks back over past public comments to work out which MPs could end up dissenting.

Various media outlets reported this week that at least 22 Coalition MPs spent Tuesday’s joint party room meeting voicing their concern about the proposed Clean Energy Target.

With the numbers supposedly evenly divided between the Liberals and the Nationals, it’s worth taking note of exactly who among the Liberals is on the record as being BFFs with coal. So here are the defenders of coal, in their own words:

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9 thoughts on “Who are the Liberal MPs worried about Turnbull’s Clean Energy Target?

  1. Roger Clifton

    Not just coal, it’s coal and gas that we must replace for cheap, reliable power. Just a matter of time and not much of that. We must do away with both in the lifetime of today’s rug-rats.

  2. Barbara Haan

    This pack of denialists have no place in Parliament. They are so dumb they can’t understand basic good sense. Why wasn’t Malfeasance Robot (he of never-ending conspiracies and whose brain is known to leak out of his head) mentioned too?

    1. Steven Brown

      He’s a Phoney Senator, just a LNP wannabe! However just as insignificant!

  3. klewso

    So, “anyone on a coal sponsorship”?

  4. old greybearded one

    Someonen tell these bloody fools that half of the reason for the energy costs is the fact that they sold the power system. WA should use combine cycle gas. They have plenty and their coal is ordinary. Victoria used the most dangerous coal mines in Australia to run trains. Rather than use NSW coal. Why doesn’t someone stand toe to toe and say there is no such bloody thing as low emission coal you fruitloop. The best of the best runs at roughly 45% thermal efficiency. CC gas at 60 odd. It wastes more than it uses!!!!

    1. 124C4U

      Evening Greybeard,
      Do you remember when the W.A. LNP Government allowed the mob that owned the coalmines that supplied W.A. power generators to sell them?
      An Indian Co. bought them to great acclaim from Barnett LNP Premier.
      A couple of months later the Indian Co. said that they intended to export all their production to India. Barnett and his mob went into blind panic mode. So much for LNP economic management. How it was resolved I don’t know but I bet it cost the State Zillions.
      To top off the Economic DNA in our veins expertise they closed Kwinana power station which was gas fired.
      Indian buisinessmen 1- Australian Pollies 0. Gotta love it. keep watching the scoreboard!

  5. steven westbrook

    These people are supposed to be the parties of business but these members seem oblivious to the changing energy market, where coal is not the cheapest energy source and fewer countries want the product. I guess they have been emboldened by the GOP flat earthers. And to think that members of parties that profess not to pick winners and let the car industry go to the all are risking a Khemlani style risk of taxpayers funds with a risky coal mine project in Queensland . They also have members seriously advocating government assistance to build coal fired power stations.
    I thought that power prices were supposed to fall when the “toxic tax” was abolished ! Rising power prices are I suspect set to become a bushfire consuming Coalition support.
    I wonder which power supplier will be first to go into receivership once the price death spiral gets going.

  6. bref

    Coal might produce low cost power, but only for the producers. After privatisation the price to consumers skyrocketed, very little to do with renewables. Again today, 15-20% price hikes announced. For what reason? What extra costs occurred in the last few months? When are politicians going to work for us, the people, instead of their greedy corporate mates… How much longer before the public get really angry. Really Angry!

  7. AR

    I’m surprised that so few Libs rated a mention and it would need much more space to list the gNats gung-ho boyos for the blackstuff.
    However it should not be forgotten that there are many very, very sooty types in Labor ranks, not even mentioning Annastacia Palaszczuk and her cabinet.
    Just for balance and public knowledge, let’s have a list of the troglodytes and unionists with mining affiliations in the Alternative Liberal Party.

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