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Josh Frydenberg, Australia’s Minister Against the Environment, warns the States not to act on clean energy target

Josh Frydenberg warns states against going it alone on clean energy target, The Age, Adam Gartrell, 14 July 17    The Turnbull government has warned the states their threat to “go it alone” on a clean energy target will only create chaos and inefficiency in the nation’s electricity system.

Energy ministers will clash on Friday as the states seek to pressure the Turnbull government to decide whether it will adopt a clean energy target – the key recommendation of Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s review of Australia’s energy security – despite ongoing internal divisions over the policy proposal.

Led by South Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis, the Labor states on Thursday threatened to bypass the federal government altogether. Without swift progress on Friday they would ask the Australian Energy Market Commission to model how a state-based target would work, Mr Koutsantonis said.

“The time to act is now – Australian households and businesses cannot be held hostage by the impotence of the federal Liberal government,” he said.

But federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg cautioned against the move, urging patience from the states…..

The renewed debate over Finkel came as a Liberal backbencher came under heavy fire for suggesting “people will die” as a result of renewable energy subsidies……


July 14, 2017 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, energy, politics

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