Interesting comment from Green Energy Trading on the Warburton review into the Renewable Energy Target (28/8/14):
"Without wishing to pre-empt our more detailed response, our position is clear that the Warburton Review has been a farce from the day it started, leveraging known climate sceptics and dodgy analysis to deliver recommendations that benefit none but the incumbent coal-fired generators."
Here is the comment from the Australian Solar Council (28/8/14):
"The Warburton inquiry has been a complete sham from start to finish. It is Tony Abbott's love child. He set up the panel, chaired by a climate change skeptic and stacked with fossil fuel consultants and executives. The Prime Minister personally intervened to ensure the Warburton Report recommended the abolition of the Renewable Energy Target.
"On this issue, the Prime Minister and the Government are completely out of touch with Australians. Poll after poll shows 90% support for solar. 75% of Australians believe the Renewable Energy Target should remain as is or be increased."
Dan Harrison, SMH, wrote (29/8/14):
"Greens leader Christine Milne said both options put forward would destroy the renewable energy sector. 'I'm glad this dangerous and ignorant report is finally public so everyone can see it for the climate denier drivel it is,' she said."
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ABC News Radio reports (29/8/14):
"The Climate Council says the panel that reviewed the Renewable Energy Target (RET) is biased and lacks credibility, and says scrapping the target would be short-sighted and ineffective."
At ABC Environment, George Crisp writes (29/8/14):
"... this [RET Review] seriously misrepresents the real costs, in large part because they have chosen to omit the health impacts that relate to energy generation."
Cameron Jewell in the Fifth Estate records (28/8/14):
"Shadow climate change minister Mark Butler said the recommendations were a 'devastating blow' for Australia’s clean energy industry and would be another broken election promise from the Coalition. 'This is a political document – not an independent review', Mr Butler said. 'The climate change denialism endemic in the Coalition is written throughout this document. This is a report written by climate change deniers, for climate change deniers, and it shows. Tony Abbott’s ideological attack on renewable energy goes against good public policy reason'."
"Clean Energy Council acting chief executive Kane Thornton said ... the only winners from a RET windback were 'a handful of old coal power plants which were decades past their retirement date'."
The REC Agents Association "says 'the Warburton Review has been a kangaroo court for the renewable energy industry, a show trial for solar, with a predetermined outcome. The Abbott Government must reject this show trial, and stick to its pre-election promise in order to restore confidence in Australia’s solar industry'."
"Get Up says 'the fossil fuel industry got its way with this review, because they wrote it,” national director of GetUp Sam Mclean said, referring to review lead Dick Warbuton’s fossil fuel connections and noted 'scepticism' of anthropogenic climate change. It’s in their interests to stop the move to renewable energy and stop people saving on their household power bills'.”
Giles Parkinson, in REnew Economy writes (29/8/14):
"And, hey presto, here is a RET Review panel that recommends the immediate closure of the scheme, or at best, a change to a 'real'20 per cent target – a result that would still deliver massive windfalls to coal generators and bring the renewable energy industry to a close in this country."