As PM Turnbull continues his attacks on SA renewables, stressing 'energy security' and promoting coal in Question Time, a Business lobby group has spoken out against funding new coal-powered generators. And a major Energy player urges the government to commit to renewables.
Port Augusta remains in limbo and Hazlewood Power Station ("one of the dirtiest, emissions intensive power plants in Australia") is scheduled to close at the end of March. Australia needs a national plan of action. Other states have storms etc, blackouts, heatwaves and other phenomena and 'load shedding'.
Turnbull faces growing discontent ...
First off the mark was business lobby outfit the Australian Industry Group, with a point-blank rebuttal of the Government's suggestions it remained open to a coal-fired future.
Given no bank on the planet is willing to finance new coal-powered generators, the response was understandable and highlighted the growing frustration among industry, particularly manufacturers, that as the nation's ageing generators are shut, nothing serious is being done to address the impending energy crisis.
Next came a full page advertisement in a national daily from Energy Australia, owner of one of the country's dirtiest coal-powered generators at Yallourn, urging the Government to commit to renewables.
Canberra 'trench warfare' blasted
As if that wasn't enough, NAB chairman Ken Henry let loose with a vitriolic spray about the "trench warfare" in Canberra as politicians hunkered down in a "dreadful spectacle" over increasingly urgent issues such as budget repair, tax reform, population growth, infrastructure, energy security and climate change.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-27/v ... er/8305006