Australia currently gets about 10 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy and we’re shooting for double that by the end of the decade under our national 20 per cent Renewable Energy Target.
So far this policy has delivered thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of investment, and is capable of much more if the Federal Government can resist tinkering with it. It’s a classic case of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.
The idea of producing pollution-free power just seems to make sense to people, which is why between 80-90 per cent of people voice their support whenever a poll does the rounds. So far our politicians have acted to give them what they want.
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Global warming and rapid progress in renewable energy technology has bought us to a turning point. Do we cling fearfully to coal, or keep up with the rest of the world and develop our vast renewable energy resources?
Senator Christine Milne, the new leader of the Australian Greens, is using this question to construct a new political axis, with the Greens on the side of the future and the Liberal (& National) and Labor parties on the side of the past.
She has the facts of science on her side and, increasingly, the successes of the world’s smartest technology companies and investors.
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