The Government and the Labor Opposition seem to be moving towards agreement on a renewable energy target of 33,000 gigawatt hours. This is down from the 41,000 that the opposition wanted but up from the 26,000 that the government was proposing.
The 41,000 gigawatt hours was designed to meet the 2020 goal of 20% of the Australia’s electrical energy being produced from renewable sources. The reduction to 33,000 presumably means that the 2020 target is now approximately 14%.
Why is the government so keen on reducing renewable energy targets?
It’s insanity. The government should be pushing as hard as possible on renewable energy, not trying to scale it back.
What we should be aiming at is 100% of Australia’s electricity being produced from renewable sources: solar and wind power. But Tony (Lignite) Abbott just doesn’t get it.
But the seriousness of the government’s proposal is thrown into doubt when the sticking point for the agreement is the insistence of the government to include the burning of native forest waste in the renewable energy targets.
Surely they are not serious!
Most of us understand that there are two elements to renewable energy.
The first is that it comes from a source that renews itself at frequent and brief intervals. Like the sun coming out each day. But not like the forest regrowing in 100 years.
It’s a small step in the logic to this idiocy to say that coal is a renewable energy source. It just takes millions of years to renew it, but it’s only a matter of scale.
The second element, and this is where it gets really tricky and hard for the intellectually challenged to grasp, is that the generation of renewable energy doesn’t create pollution.
Not like the burning of native forest waste does. But the subtlety of this point is clearly lost on people like Environment Minister, Greg Hunt.
Another lost opportunity and, one hopes, another nail in the coffin of the Abbot government