RET Watch: Abbott govt looking in the wrong direction on energy

Abbott_648x365_2433432464-heroThe Abbott government has become more isolated with its attack on renewables.

AGL Energy’s Greenhouse Gas Policy, released on Friday 17 April, expresses the company’s commitment to invest in renewable energy and retire coal power plants.

AGL’s greenhouse gas policy shows the Abbott government is looking in the wrong direction when it comes to Australia’s energy future. Australia’s energy future is in renewable energy, not coal. Now’s the time for the government to encourage investment in renewables, not attack them.

The AGL policy announcement comes just weeks after the Abbott government rejected a compromise deal to settle the Renewable Energy Target.

The Prime Minister is running out of excuses to delay resolving the Renewable Energy Target impasse. Australians want the RET increased, not axed.

Wind worker 14The direct damage of Abbott government’s attack on the Renewable Energy Target is mounting.

Data from the Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that, on the Prime Minister’s watch, renewable energy investment has collapsed by 90 per cent and 2,500 jobs in the sector have been lost.

If the Coalition was serious about renewable energy jobs and investment it would end its attack on renewables and resolve the RET impasse.


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  • Help us get climate change and renewables on the agenda of the Australian Labor Party’s national conference. Add your name to our open letter to opposition leader Bill Shorten.
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