21 August, 2011

QLD, COAG & clean Energy

The Garnaut Climate Change Review—led by Professor Ross Garnaut—was first commissioned by Australia's Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments in 2007, to conduct an independent study of the impacts of climate change on the Australian economy.

The Review's Final Report was released on 30 September 2008. The Report recommended policy frameworks to improve the prospects for sustainable prosperity.

So the Qld Government has had plenty of time to commence a transition to a clean energy future....

This week, The Qld Premier Anna Bligh attended the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

The Premier wants to ensure Qld is looked after in any carbon pricing package. Ms Bligh said while a carbon tax would impact on Qld’s “carbon intensive economy”, she remained committed to supporting emissions reductions.

However the Qld Premier still want to ensure that Queensland gets the best possible deal out of this package.

When the Qld Premier met with Prime Minister Julia Gillard, this week, there were some very intense negotiations. The Premier is still looking for some sort of improvement.

I note that Qld (and other State Governments) have had plenty of opportunity to start a transition to cleaner energy generation.

Could somebody tell me why the QLD Government divested itself of wind assets in 2007?

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