Subject: Letter to the Editor of The Age on a cold day 12.7.15
So the Abbott government is undermining investment in the multibillion dollar windpower industry by ordering the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (that Mr Abbott has twice tried to kill off) not to invest in wind power. How can this be, when most other developed countries are embracing wind and other clean energy sources as vital approaches to reducing carbon emissions? We know that coal is viewed internationally as a sunset industry; and that big coal still puts a lot of effort into lobbying governments. It’s not beyond belief that dirty energy corporations might seek to buy influence over political parties. A Royal Commission can be a very expensive way to discredit political opponents; but at the very least voters deserve a thorough investigation of the links, financial and other, between big coal and the Abbott government.
AND WHAT THE AGE PUBLISHED 14/7/15:
The royal commission that we really need
Most developed countries are embracing clean energy sources as vital approaches to reducing carbon emissions. Coal is viewed as a sunset industry, However, big coal puts a lot of effort into lobbying governments. A royal commission can be an expensive way to discredit political opponents but voters deserve an investigation of the links, financial and others, between big coal and the government. Rod Anderson, Sandringham