July 27, 2012
It is becoming increasingly clear that the Liberal Party's energy policy is designed to protect the fossil fuel (coal and gas) industry.
Their main line of attack is that wind or solar are not able to supply much more than their current 3 per cent because they couldn’t provide baseload power, are expensive and unreliable. The tactic is to delay or slow the deployment of renewables, and to keep them locked into pilot studies, research and development and niche markets. Behind this sits the next line of defence: a campaign against the idea of anthropogenic climate change, wind farms and solar PV.
The tactic here is sow doubt in the public mind about the credibility of the scientific warnings and the need to respond. For instance, they argue that solar PV has taken off only because of the poorly designed political quick fixes with tariffs imposed by populist Labo) state governments. These are unsustainable schemes that were shifting enormous costs on households that do not have solar.
If the less ideological defenders do not reject the principal conclusions of climate science, then they work to water down the implications, and to boost “sensible” and cautious economic solutions that would allow the continued exploitation of fossil fuels. This would ensure ongoing economic growth, prosperity and jobs.