• Looming energy crisis scandalous policy failure, says John Howard
Looming energy crisis scandalous policy failure, says John Howard
11 May, 2017, 1 Comment

Summary: John Howard has described Australia’s looming energy crisis as a “scandalous policy failure of the first order” and declared that the renewable energy target should never have been lifted above 2 per cent.....

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Speaking at a post-budget breakfast in Perth, the former prime minister blamed the potential shortage of energy on the east coast on moves by some state governments to restrict or prohibit gas exploration.

“It will be a policy scandal of the first order if those sorts of restrictions and the absolutely overzealous growth of renewable energy targets ... leads to massive increases in the cost of energy in different parts of the country,” he said.

Mr Howard said the challenge of affordable and sustainable energy had barely been mentioned in the post-budget discussion this week.

He said Australia had significant reserves of uranium, coal and natural gas and the potential energy crisis in the eastern states was “a serious condemnation of our political process”.

Mr Howard said the renewable energy target was 2 per cent when he left office in 2007 and should have remained at that level. The national target is now 23.5 per cent by 2030.

www.theaustralian.com.au 11/5/2017

  • MyPassion

    15 May, 2017

    Wow! How amazingly out of touch is Howard ? Once again blaming renewable energy for the potential shortage of energy on the East Coast. And by the way, its 'clean' energy not renewable energy. If he was not so far out of touch and was better informed, he would understand that clean energy in all its forms, plus storage ( in all its forms) can solve any energy shortfall in short order. The issues are with market regulation and red tape, and are not due to the cost or intermittency of clean energy. The leaders of utilities and energy suppliers have already conceded that the whole transition from coal to natural gas to renewables will now bypass the gas phase and go straight to renewables plus storage. Its embarrassing to see him quote his 2% target dated 2007. Says everything in that one sentence. When China and India are installing GIGAwatts of clean energy as we speak and have been for the last few years, you have this befuddled dinosaur of an individual doing everything in his power to keep Australia in the dark ages with his "2% target". The goal and real target as has been documented by Dr Finkel is 100% Set that goal and get on with the job of achieving it. The rest of the world is doing so, whats makes us so special not to do the same ??
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