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Australians 'supportive' of renewable energy

26th Jul 2012

As you may well know, there are various mechanisms in place to help improve Australia's efficiency and make our energy supplies fit for the future.

Among them are the highly controversial carbon tax and the Renewable Energy Target (RET), which aims to make sure 20 per cent of our energy is from green sources by 2020.

Energy minister Greg Combet has stepped in to defend these policies after they came under attack from opposition climate action spokesperson Greg Hunt.

He had claimed that a carbon price is not necessary for the success of Australia's renewable energy sector and that the RET will be just as effective without it.

"The Renewable Energy Target was always designed to work with a carbon price in delivering renewable energy investment," Combet emphasised, highlighting that there are "contradictions in his colleague's position".

He stressed that Australians are largely supportive of policies that support energy efficiency - a theory that was supported by a recent survey from 100% Renewable.

It discovered that 94 per cent of Aussies are supportive of big solar power constructions, while 95 per cent want the government to increase investment in these projects.

Posted by Bob Dawson

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