Image: The Greens have good reason to look pleased. Source; Tasmaniantimes.com
The issue of policy differences, or lack thereof between the Liberals and Labor has been raised here on a number of occasions. Such differences as exist at all, are mainly semantic in nature or arguments over slightly divergent nuances of similar policies. Viv Forbes of the Carbon Sense Coalition has an example here in another of his “The Last Word” statements, pointing out how it gives the Greens a winning hand:
The Last WordWind and solar can never change the way the sun shines or the way the wind blows. Even if we discover or construct (at great cost), massive electricity storage systems, these green energy options will always be inferior in all ways to well-designed coal, gas, nuclear, hydro or geothermal generators for industrial power supplies. It is thus sad in the extreme that the energy policies of the alternative government are little better than the policies that are failing so spectacularly in Europe.
Can you believe that the policy of Australia’s alternative government supports “Action on Climate Change” including the creation of a $2.55 billion Emissions Reduction Fund, additional funding for one million solar homes by 2020, clean energy hubs, solar towns, solar schools, geothermal projects, carbon farming, studies into algal synthesis and the planting of 20 million trees?
Their promises include:
• Spending over one billion dollars on a “Solar Continent Policy”.
• A million Solar Roofs policy.
• $100 million for at least 25 Solar Towns and 100 solar schools.
• $50 million to create a minimum of 25 new Geothermal Towns and Tidal Towns.
• Plus a new green army and massive expansion of the green bureaucracy. Looks like, no matter who you vote for, the Greens win.