The Costs to Australia of Renewable Energy


| Alan Moran

The Costs to Australia of Renewable Energy

There can be few other cases in the history of modern economies where governments have taken action deliberately to increase the costs of production in their economies on the scale being contemplated with the Renewable Energy proposal. I n the past, those societies that have rejected lower costs have been condemned to economic decline and in many cases a loss of sovereignty.

The 20 per cent renewable proposal in the Renewable Energy Bills involves intentionally increasing consumers' expenditures and deliberately reducing the competitiveness of productive activities by raising their input costs. In doing so, because the ETS proposal is to control total Australian emissions, the 20 per cent proposal will contribute nothing to the goal of emission reductions that it ostensibly pursues. It would simply re?arrange the aggregate nature of emission reductions, while imposing additional costs.


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