Australia’s schizophrenic energy policy

The 2012 Energy White Paper is a significant step forward from the one issued in 2004 as it's no longer blind to climate change as an immediate issue for domestic energy supply. But in terms of exports of energy, money dictates we look the other way.

The recently released Energy White Paper is a sensible starting base for a general chat about domestic energy policy, even though on energy exports it appears to become schizophrenic in relation to climate change. 

Overall the document is a vast improvement on the last Energy White Paper issued in 2004. The 2004 White Paper seemed to think that having the most emissions intensive electricity supply in the developed world wasn’t anything to worry about.


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