by Viv Forbes assisted by volunteer editors.
The carbon tax is the Big New Tax pushing up Australian electricity prices. But there is also a Big Old Tax, the insidious Renewable Energy Target (RET) Tax, introduced by the Howard government.
The RET Tax forces electricity retailers to buy a rising proportion of their power from expensive "renewables" such as wind and solar. It has already caused massive increases in the price of electricity. Surely we can learn from Europe – wind and solar energy will escalate our power costs, destroy other industries, waste scarce capital, destabilise the power network, uglify the countryside with mirrors, towers and pylons and, when everything is counted, may not reduce the use of carbon fuels, and certainly will not improve the climate.
Tony Abbott is right to promise abolition of the ALP's carbon tax, and he must also abolish that other devious climate tax, the RET tax.
Both are unnecessary, unjustified, costly and pernicious.
It is not wicked power companies who have caused electricity prices to soar – it is wicked politicians with Two Big Climate Taxes.
Cartoon: By Pickering
Pickering has it about right - 50% blame for Howard's RET tax; 50% blame for Gillard's Carbon Tax.
More Info: Wind Obsession causing power costs to surge:
Recouping the costs of wind turbines may take more than a lifetime:
"The (UK) Government’s ideological obsession with wind power is inflicting ever greater damage on Britain, driving up our energy bills and ruining our countryside." Leo McKinstry, the Price of Green Folly, Daily Express, 8 August 2012
"Brutalist, expensive and inefficient, wind farms are nothing more than vast monuments to political vanity. They contribute little to our electricity supply, yet they cost us all a fortune.
"There is a curious paradox at work here. In the name of protecting the environment, the green politicians are inflicting terrible damage on our landscape. Anyone who loves our green and pleasant land should be fighting for the removal of these monstrosities.