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Clean energy target drives up costs: Govt MP


Labor leader Bill Shorten said the Coalition was unfit to govern and Mr Turnbull's leadership was weakened. "I'm out. I won't support that".

In his review released last week, Mr Finkel recommended a clean energy target be adopted after 2020, under which a percentage of power would be generated from low emissions sources, encouraging gas, renewables and potentially carbon capture and storage. Christensen contended that approach would reduce carbon pollution.

He said it was naive and unrealistic to expect the government's response to the Finkel review to "all be presented nicely tied up in a bow" given the complexity of the issue.

The Chief Scientist's 212-page blueprint can be accessed at this PS News link. One MP told Guardian Australia on Wednesday that, given all the internal cross currents, it would be "very dangerous" of the prime minister to bring Finkel forward without substantial amendment.

Mr Joyce said while it was not a tax on coal, "there is an advantage" to those technologies below the baseline.

Mr Turnbull nearly torpedoed his political career in 2009 when he backed the rival Labor government's emissions trading plan, and was dumped as opposition leader.

While wide-ranging across the entire topic of energy and energy security for Australia the Finkel Review included a number of other recommendations directly relating to solar PV.

At one point he asked whether the government could buy the closed Hazelwood power station to which the energy and environment minister, Josh Frydenberg, said it was being dismantled "as we speak",' Ms Chan wrote.

"What we are saying is we are prepared to compromise from an emission intensity scheme to a fair dinkum clean energy target", he said.

As tempers frayed, a frustrated Mr Turnbull took an apparent swipe at his predecessor for reducing climate policy debate to "glib" slogans on Wednesday. "He needs to stare down the recalcitrants who have held back climate policy in this country for 10 years".

"The biggest cost ... tax that we could impose on consumers and taxpayers will be to do nothing", Senator Cormann said, adding that without policy certainty, prices would continue to go "up and up and up".

Industry stakeholders are exerting considerable pressure for major party agreement, arguing the lack of investment in thermal generation will not change if the national policy is subjected to an overhaul every time a new government comes to power.

About 30-odd MPs spoke during a second party room meeting on Tuesday which spanned three hours into the evening.

"It would appear that chaos is the order of the day for Malcolm Turnbull and his Liberal party room".

"Our job as a government is to deliver and to lead, and I have provided decisive leadership on energy", Turnbull said.

Mr Abbott told the meeting that Australia had a huge natural energy advantage and that it should make the most of it.

"What Australians need is wise leadership, not glib leadership", the prime minister said.

"The reports ... are simplistic and do not really relate the burden of responsibility that the coalition is carrying on their shoulders at the moment", he told reporters in Canberra today.

The two latter scenarios are actually pretty similar in their outcomes, but both produce lower prices than business as usual. "There's been too much politics, too much ideology, not enough economics, not enough engineering".

" We are all moving to make sure we try and land this, even the National party".

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