Matthew Warren – confused or maybe just plain wrong?

An AFR opinion piece on the carbon price floor from the former head of the Clean Energy Council, Matthew Warren, is muddled in its pursuit of regulatory certainty, lacking in understanding of Australia's emissions trading history and at odds with a viewpoint he signed off on in 2011.

The former CEO of the Clean Energy Council and recently appointed head of the Energy Supply Association of Australia, Matthew Warren has penned an opinion piece in today’s Australian Financial Review that is extremely critical of the government’s carbon price floor. He calls the $15 carbon price floor a “design flaw”, and says it will, “simply add to the cost of energy without adding to investment in cleaner energy generation.”

The only conclusion any reasonable reader would take from such heavy criticism is that the floor price should be abandoned altogether – which is pretty much what the ESAA has suggested in prior submissions to government.

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