Australia's clean energy dawdle

New government statistics suggest Labor's 'clean energy future' plan will do little to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, leaving Greg Combet with some explaining to do.

In one of those interesting coincidences, Greg Combet was flying back from Durban to tell us of the "spectacular success” of the UN climate conference, claiming the federal government’s 'clean energy future' package puts Australia "in the front of the world,” just as a federal agency in Canberra was releasing new modelling showing that we will be relying on fossil fuels for three-quarters of our electricity supply 25 years from now.

In its publication of national energy projections to 2034-35, the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics, which sits in Martin Ferguson’s department, forecasts power production to two horizons, the earlier one being 2019-20.

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