Alan Moran dumped by IPA – a lesson for Abbott?

By Tristan Edis

A few days ago I was chatting with a prominent member of the renewable energy industry about the assorted scenarios for how the government might try to alter the Renewable Energy Target, and what they might mean for different industry players. “The best thing that could happen for the renewable energy industry would be for Abbott to move to scrap the Renewable Energy Target altogether.

Alan Moran, who has been one of the most vociferous and long-standing opponents of renewable energy and controls on greenhouse gas emissions in this country, has apparently been sacked from the Institute of Public Affairs – a right-wing think tank.

In December last year rumours surfaced that Tony Abbott’s office was pushing for Alan Moran to lead a government review of the Renewable Energy Target.

But given the scheme has always been colloquially described as the 20 per cent Renewable Energy Target, it complicates efforts by renewable energy supporters to generate public concern.

Bernardi led the public charge, in conjunction with Nick Minchin, to have Turnbull deposed as leader because of his conviction to reduce carbon emissions; but Turnbull's more liberal views on social issues such as marriage and racial discrimination laws also played a part.

Moran’s views on Islam, climate change and renewable energy are closely aligned with a number of people within the federal Coalition.

Read more here: Business Spectator


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