In response to the government’s decision to agree to restore $100 million to the Solar Flagships program to secure the Greens support for the flood levy, which is supposed to produce 1000 megawatts of large-scale solar power generation capacity, Australian Coal Association executive director Ralph Hillman said there was enough in the CCS flagships to advance projects and that solar programs were important. “What is disturbing is this is a government that had made a decision to make some cuts on the basis of . . . sound policy reasons only to unpick it to satisfy this group of fringe-dwellers, who haven’t a clue on policy, (and are) ideologically driven,” Mr Hillman said.
This is a gross misrepresentation of the fact that the fossil fuel industry is subsidised to the tune of $9 billion pa, therefore artificially lowering the price we’ve had to pay for coal. Only when we have a price on carbon pollution and we see subsidies removed will we see a more level playing field with renewables!