Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 08:05am
Only 59 per cent to go to make Kevin Rudd’s scorched-earth target:
The State Government will pursue a naming and shaming policy for big energy users it deems to be wasting power, backed up by court action if they do not make the required cuts. But the targets so far are modest. The first round, beginning in January, aim to peel back less than 1 per cent of the state’s emissions...
And that’s the easy bit. Meanwhile, while we’re cutting…
On the same day Ms Firth was promoting the benefits of reducing the state’s reliance on coal-fired power, her counterpart in the Energy Resources portfolio, Ian Macdonald, announced that another coal exploration licence had been awarded.
China’s biggest coal-mining company, the state-owned Shenhua Group, will pay the state $300 million for the right to search for coal on 190 square kilometres of the Liverpool Plains, near Gunnedah.
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So there you have it; a plan to penalize and reduce our own coal-based power generation capability in the name of reducing greenhouse gases (or whatever you want to call them these days), while selling coal to a polluting noncomplier with an apparently clear conscience.