Australian’s pay two- or even three-times more to keep their lights on than Americans.
We should be thankful then, that at least Australia’s electricity sector is on track to meets its emission reduction targets well ahead of 2030. Now the government and energy industry can concentrate on reliability and getting costs down.
Or so you’d hope.
But the Greens, many in Labor, and even a few Liberals in state government, have a different agenda and are pushing for far steeper cuts than required. An agenda that Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor says is unhinged from reality.
Mr Taylor is urging states and territories who are pushing for higher emissions targets to ‘get back to reality’.
After fellow liberal and NSW Energy Minister Don Harwin alleged the federal government was ‘out of touch’ with climate change and energy policies.
But the only people out of touch, are ministers pushing for higher emissions reduction targets — unconcerned for what matters to people and families, like yourself.
Ministers out of touch with Australians
Mr Taylor told 2GB Radio ‘We’re facing people who just aren’t in touch with everyday Australians, that’s what I find extraordinary’.
As it stands, Australia will meet its emissions reducing targets years before 2030, giving confidence that broader targets will be reached, as reported by AAP.
‘We should be talking about getting prices down, keeping the lights on, making sure we’re keeping manufacturers in business … not talking about higher targets when we know we’re doing well.’
Because these are matters, Mr Taylor says, that are consistently being talked about and brought up at his electrocute of Goulburn.
‘It’s time that those in those Labor states and others who are arguing for these crazy targets, reckless targets, get back to reality, talk to some real people, and get on with the job of doing the real work’.
Coming back to Don Harwin’s opinion piece, which was published on Wednesday by The Australian Financial Review — he urged the federal government to put a stop to ‘climate wars’ by putting science, economics and engineering ahead of ideology.
A stance that for every hard working Australian, only sounds good on paper.
In a meeting with other Ministers in Adelaide, Harwin tried to spark talks about adding a further obligation into the national energy policy.
But Mr Taylor rejected its place on the Council of Australian Governments agenda.
He also demanded states and territories to protect Australians from poorly installed rooftop solar panels, after an audit found at least a fifth of inspected units were unsafe, as reported by AAP.
Highlighting the ‘severity of the issue’ in a letter to his state and territory colleagues last week, saying:
‘This is a rapidly growing industry and we can’t risk people’s lives,’ he told The Australian on Thursday.
A national audit starting in 2001, showed that between 21–26% of rooftop solar units examined each year had faulty wiring and unsecured panels.
However, this issue wasn’t discussed by state and territory minsters when they met on Wednesday.
Despite Mr Harwin claiming it was ‘incredibly important’ — he palmed it off to another COAG group focused on workplace safety to look at the issue.
At the meeting, the federal government saw success with ministers agreeing to changes to the National Electricity Law to add a Retailer Reliability Obligation, as reported by AAP.
When the obligation kicks off in July next year — power companies will have to prove they’ve entered into sufficient contracts for dispatchable power to cover their share of peak demand.
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