• Independent Member for Denison Andrew Wilkie:
The deal announced today to lower the Renewable Energy Target from 41,000 gigawatt hours to 33,000 gigawatt hours, to fully exempt trade-exposed industries from the target, and presumably to include the burning of forest waste, is a shocking betrayal by the Liberal, National and Labor parties.
The deal is the work of politicians who either don’t believe in climate change, or do and don’t care about it all that much. Nor do they care much about Australia’s most precious forests seeing as this deal increases the likelihood of the trees now being chipped for firewood.
The deal is also the work of politicians who seem to be incapable of grasping the urgent need for Australia to adjust for the future global economy where reliance on clean energy will be good for business, and where countries developing and exporting the relevant technologies will profit handsomely from doing so.
Good politicians, women and men with vision and backbone, would see the merit in the Australian Youth Climate Coalition’s Safe Climate Roadmap which sees Australia eventually achieving 100 per cent renewable energy dependency, and in propositions from others who make the case for at least 90 per cent renewable energy dependency by 2030.
• Greens Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson:
Greens Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson, offers the following comments on the RET deal.
“While the two old parties are giving themselves a pat on the back after looking after their dirty industry backers, we have global warming and a parliament that won’t act in the best interest of future generations.
“The aluminium industry in Tasmania has always overstated the risks of the RET to their businesses, in order to avoid having to pay for their pollution.
“Whilst claiming this is a win for big industry in Tasmania, the Liberals won’t say a word about the damage their policies have done to Hydro Tasmania, and its rivers of gold from renewable energy.
“The RET is crucial for Hydro Tasmania which has already suffered a devastating blow from the loss of the carbon price. Weakening the RET will continue to weaken Hydro’s confidence, and its ability to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in dividends to the Tasmanian government for schools, hospitals and police.
“This is the typical, short-sighted policy we expect from big political parties and their big business mates. This is no win for Tasmania,” he concluded.
• John Francis, in Comments, HEREJust remember, Jacqui, that the woodchip industry began in Tasmania as a means of making money from the waste left on the forest floor after logging operations. Then we ended up with a woodchip-driven industry and look where that got us ...
• Kim Booth: Forest Furnaces in RET Will Lock in Logging, Public Subsidies The Hodgman government must rule out lobbying for native forest logging waste and biomass to be included in the Renewable Energy Target, or admit they will be locking in onging public subsidisation of the logging industry, Greens Leader and Energy spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today. “Including the burning of timber waste generated by industrial scale logging of our native forests into the RET will lock in an unviable logging business model and lock in ongoing public subsidies to prop it up,” Mr Booth said.