Soar­ing bills are tes­ti­mony to RET pol­icy fail­ure

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

IN the Se­nate Es­ti­mates hear­ing on the June 1, Sen­a­tor Ian Macdon­ald, ( Lib­eral) North Queens­land, asked the Aus­tralian Chief Sci­en­tist, Dr Alan Finkel, an im­por­tant ba­sic ques­tion on the im­pact of Aus­tralia’s cli­mate and en­ergy pol­icy on global tem­per­a­ture.

He asked, “In Aus­tralia we emit less than 1.3 per cent of the world’s car­bon diox­ide emis­sions. If we were to re­duce the world’s emis­sions of car­bon diox­ide by 1.3 per cent, what im­pact would that have on the chang­ing cli­mate of the world.” Dr Finkel replied: “Vir­tu­ally noth­ing.”

I find it im­pos­si­ble to be­lieve that the state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments are spend­ing bil­lions of dol­lars of tax­pay­ers’ money and achiev­ing noth­ing.

Busi­nesses are clos­ing as a re­sult of ex­ces­sively ex­pen­sive and un­af­ford­able elec­tric­ity prices. Such prices are pre­vent­ing busi­nesses from open­ing. It is re­ported some small busi­nesses are re­quired to lodge a de­posit of $ 10,000 to have sup­ply guar­an­teed.

The Green- La­bor unity ticket states, “that coal min­ing will re­sult in the de­struc­tion of the Great Bar­rier Reef”. This is as false as it is ab­surd.

The re­li­gion of cli­mate change has now spread its wings into the Cab­i­net room of Queens­land’s Pre­mier Anas­ta­sia Palaszczuk with the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment’s an­nounce­ment in Cairns that her gov­ern­ment was pro­ceed­ing to a zero emis­sions tar­get by 2050.

The Aus­tralian re­ported on Fe­bru­ary 6, 2017, “The first study to in­ves­ti­gate the com­plex range of re­new­able en­ergy sub­si­dies across the coun­try has found that at least $ 3.1 bil­lion was spent by the states, ter­ri­tory and fed­eral gov­ern­ments last fi­nan­cial year, pri­mar­ily on wind farms and the cost hang­over of ex­ces­sive and now large- ly ob­so­lete so­lar rooftop schemes. At least 75 per cent of all sub­si­dies was be­ing col­lected from elec­tric­ity con­sumers in the form of higher prices passed on by en­ergy re­tail­ers due to the re­quire­ment on gen­er­a­tors to source a man­dated per­cent­age of whole­sale power from re­new­ables. This, the re­port said, meant much of the sub­si­dies re­mained hid­den as they did not ap­pear in gov­ern­ment bud­gets or ac­counts, with the re­main­der be­ing borne di­rectly by the tax­payer.”

Suc­cinctly Aus­tralia’s abysmal en­ergy sit­u­a­tion can be clearly articulated. The na­tional en­ergy mar­ket has failed at all lev­els in set­ting out and driv­ing clear pol­icy set­tings.

Add to this is the dys­func­tional role of var­i­ous state gov­ern­ments which have pur­sued reck­lessly tran­si­tion­ing re­new­able pol­icy tar­gets through the abom­inable RET. The La­bor states of Vic­to­ria and par­tic­u­larly South Aus­tralia where re­cent black­outs have oc­curred are liv­ing tes­ti­mony to mon­u­men­tal fail­ure of RET pol­icy that sim­ply guar­an­tees sky high elec­tric­ity bills.

AL­LAN EVANS, Pauline Han­son One Na­tion

can­di­date Townsville.

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