MEDIA RELEASE for August 31, 2017
LNP Renewables Policy Statement lacking any positive energy
Peak environment group Queensland Conservation Council has expressed major disappointment with the LNP’s Renewables and Energy Policy Statement, saying it perpetuates myths about wind and solar capacity, backs in Federal Coalition policy of new coal-fired power, and sends negative messages to renewables investors.
The ‘Powering Renewable Energy 5-Point Plan to Deliver Affordable and Reliable Electricity’ document was released by the Liberal National Opposition this morning. The Queensland Conservation Council ‘s assessment is that. despite its title, the plan does not in any way help Queensland in the ongoing development of a large renewable energy sector in Queensland.
There is also a quite bizarre statement that says Labor’s changes to vegetation management laws would have increased electricity costs, with no explanation for such a ridiculous claim.
“This Renewables Policy Statement from the LNP is seriously lacking any real positive energy about our future energy and climate change needs”, said Queensland Conservation Council head Dr Tim Seelig.
“The focus is unduly on contested claims about energy generation and electricity pricing in Queensland. There is precious little about how the LNP would proactively support the ongoing development of a large renewable energy sector in Queensland.
“The long-term future of coal as a source of energy is over, and even the resources sector and its supporters admit that if we keep on burning coal we will end up with a ‘scorched Earth’.
“If the LNP is serious about supporting renewable energy, it would be backing ambitious targets for renewables and emissions reduction, not bagging them.
“This Renewables and Energy Policy Statement, suggests that instead, the LNP is more interested in perpetuating myths about wind and solar capacity and supporting its Federal Coalition colleagues on new coal-fired power in Queensland.
“Not only does this send negative messages to renewables investors, it indicates that the LNP’s energy policy has yet to make it into the 21st Century.”
For further comment contact:
Queensland Conservation Council Coordinator Dr Tim Seelig on 0439 201 183