Energy Minister Angus Taylor Paris agreement carbon emissions
Minister for Energy Angus Taylor (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

It’s been a tough December for Energy Minister Angus Taylor.

First his “big stick” divestment powers were neutered after being shot down by businesses, backbenchers and also potentially Australian law. Then his NSW counterpart backed out the morning of Wednesday’s extremely awkward COAG meeting, and the Australian Energy Market Commission announced that not only is the renewable energy target Taylor is set on killing about to lead to a price drop, but his new price cap will actually increase prices for shop-around energy customers.