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SEI in the Media: Rosemary Lyster in The Conversation

Rosemary Lyster writes for The Conversation in the wake of the Renewable Energy Target review and points out that the mining industries and climate skeptics are influencing politicians.

Rosemary Lyster, Professor of Climate and Environmental Law at The University of Sydney responds to the Renewable Energy Target Review, saying:

The legislation which established the Renewable Energy Target states that the independent Climate Change Authority, now facing abolition, must review the operation of the Act. Yet this statutory task was given to a “panel of experts” chaired by Dick Warburton, a well-known sceptic of human-induced climate change.

Not only that, but the panel’s terms of reference were not consistent with the legislation and were skewed to require consideration of the government’s agenda of “reducing business costs, cost of living pressures, cutting red and green tape, and the Direct Action plan”.

It seems that not even those wealthy people who the government is levying 2% for budget recovery can afford any climate change impost on their electricity prices. Certainly not AUD$550 a year for the carbon price and probably not any short-term increases to electricity prices resulting from the Renewable Energy Target. What’s more, the Direct Action plan has not even been approved by the Parliament.

Read the full article on The Conversation Australia.