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Pro-coal Liberals oppose Finkel energy report, Greens not happy either

Finkel review: Government backbenchers question clean energy target report, ABC News, 9 June 17  By political reporters Matthew Doran and Tom Iggulden Pro-coal backbenchers within the Liberal Party have already begun undermining a report from the chief scientist Alan Finkel, as Labor foreshadows pulling support for the proposal if new coal-fired power stations are built.

Key points:

  • Senator Eric Abetz accusing Finkel of using “creative assumptions” to come up with recommendations
  • MP Craig Kelly calling for another report, different attempts at modelling
  • Australian Energy Council says Dr Finkel’s report presents “less political” option

Dr Finkel’s report proposes a clean energy target (CET) to help reduce carbon emissions and lower electricity prices for households by about $90 per year.

Tasmanian Liberal senator Eric Abetz is accusing the chief scientist of using “creative assumptions” to come up with his recommendations for a CET.

Western Sydney Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly is calling for another report to be done into the economic effect of setting aggressive emissions reduction targets.

He said he would not support a benchmark emission target of 0.6 tonnes of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour, which is the level Dr Finkel has used in his report to model economic effects. …….


June 10, 2017 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, energy, politics

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