Is Australia sacrificing its cleantech industry ?


For the past few months I have been worrying about Australia‘s burgeoining cleantech industry as the new government seems hell-bent on preserving coal, even if it has to cost 20,000 jobs.

Cleantechnica reported recently that the country, which had been promoting renewables and enacted a carbon tax with some great results, is now the 31st investor in renewables in 2014. It had been 11th in the past.

Here are some extracts of the article :

During the first three quarters of 2014, Australia invested just $238 million in setting up large-scale renewable energy projects.

Several countries, including Algeria, Myanmar, Thailand and Uruguay, have made more investments in renewable energy projects than Australia has this year.

Yup, the situation is this bad. This is what you get for voting for people who think about their own good rather than their country’s.

But on the upside, Treehugger reveals that 9 Australians out of ten are willing to go solar. Imagine if this were to happen. Australian Big Coal would be dead as they wouldn’t even be able to sell their dirty smelly polluting stuff in their own country. And with China ditching the dirtiest fossil fuel as well…

 

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