Choking on Canberra's energy policy pollution

Rising costs, a convoluted approvals process and the dearth of a clear energy strategy is baffling business. Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd need real plans, which start by addressing Ross Garnaut's abatement bombshell.

No matter how hard the boosters, the ideologues and the wishful thinkers try, the energy debate is not black and white but many shades of grey, as evidenced by a slew of issues coming forward in the first fortnight of August.

One of these is the proposal by Kevin Rudd’s climate change guru-of-choice Ross Garnaut that Australia should set itself a new emissions abatement target of 16 per cent below 2000 levels by the end of the decade.

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