Crikey Worm

Sep 13, 2017

Crikey Worm: Coalition abandons clean energy target, media reform deal close

The government doesn't see the need for a clean energy target, and a media reform deal is so close we can smell it. It's the news you need to know, by Max Chalmers

Max Chalmers

Freelance journalist


The Coalition government will walk away from the clean energy target outlined by Chief Scientist Alan Finkel. According to the Australian Financial Review, the government will instead deliver a plan that relies heavily on coal-fired power and a slower transition to renewables. The Fairfax papers also report the government is considering shifting the emissions baseline from 0.6 to 0.7 tonnes of carbon per megawatt hour, allowing high-efficiency coal plants to gain credits.

A group of backbench MPs including Tony Abbott is pushing against any clean energy target, with Abbott telling the party room a CET on top of the existing 23.5% renewable energy target would be "a difficult position to sustain".

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One thought on “Crikey Worm: Coalition abandons clean energy target, media reform deal close

  1. Greg Cummins

    your article says:
    “As a political storm rages around him, Australian Energy Market Operator chief executive Audrey Zibelman seems to be keeping his cool.”
    Audrey is a woman.

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