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Australia’s Renewable Energy Centre designed to fail

“You could almost say (the centre) was designed to fail.”

Greens slam new renewable energy body, Sydney Morning Herald, March 10, 2010 The Australian Greens have slammed a new body designed to develop renewable energy in Australia.Greens’ senator Christine Milne told parliament the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy was not independent, transparent or adequately qualified to carry out its duties
The centre was launched by the federal government in October, however draft laws formally setting it up were only passed by the Senate on Wednesday…..

Senator Milne said its interim board members had limited renewable energy experience and she’d heard they were going to get permanent jobs when the bill was approved.

“How absolutely disheartening for people … to put their projects forward and be judged by someone who has no expertise in the field and, furthermore, an interest in nuclear or old fossil fuel-style technology,” she said.

“You could almost say (the centre) was designed to fail.”

Senator Milne unsuccessfully tried to amend the draft laws to make the body a statutory authority so a “truly independent” chief executive could be appointed by the governor-general.

Greens slam new renewable energy body

March 11, 2010 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, energy, spinbuster | , , , , , ,

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