Scrap green energy target too: Qld govt

July 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

As speculation mounts that the prime minister is poised to scrap the carbon tax, Campbell Newman urged him to go a step further and dump the renewable energy target as well.

The target is meant to ensure 20 per cent of Australia’s electricity comes from renewable sources by 2020.

Mr Newman said Mr Rudd had been dismissive of the carbon tax’s impact on people.

The tax, along with the renewable energy target, was adding $250 per year to the average Queensland household’s electricity bill, he said.

“If Kevin Rudd gets rid of the carbon tax and the RET (renewable energy target), and I call on him to do that, we’ll see some real price relief on power bills in Queensland,” Mr Newman told reporters in Brisbane on Sunday.

The carbon tax had driven up the cost of living in many areas and the sooner it was gone, the better, he said.

“It’s crazy that we’ve had this while other overseas competitors haven’t.

“The prime minister would be well advised to get rid of it as soon as possible instead of pandering to green radical groups.”

Mr Rudd is reportedly set to announce within days that the fixed $24.15 per tonne carbon tax will be dumped in favour of a floating price of between $6 and $10 per tonne to ease cost of living pressure for families.

Federal cabinet is reportedly already considering fast-tracking the introduction of an emissions trading scheme to July 1, 2014.

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