In the past decade, Australian climate policy has gone from "the great moral challenge" to the great acronym challenge. It's gone from John Howard and Kevin Rudd's bipartisan acceptance of carbon pricing to a tedious debate about what is, or isn't, a carbon price. And while public acceptance of climate science and support for renewable energy is at an all-time high, the public's patience with politicians is at an all-time low.
|Don't let Malcolm Turnbull bore you out of the climate debate.|
The Turnbull government's national energy guarantee (or NEG) comes on the back of the CPRS, the RET, the EIS and the CET. But while the public are disengaged from the policy detail, more than two million Australian homes now have solar panels. The cost of renewables is collapsing and there is genuine community enthusiasm for new initiatives like South Australia's installation of the world's largest battery. It's a risky time to play politics with renewable energy.
Read the story from The Canberra Times by Richard Denniss - “National energy guarantee: don't let Malcolm Turnbull bore you out of the climate debate.”