Tony Abbott is trying to prevent Australia's Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) from investing in renewable energy projects related to solar and wind energy. At the same time his government has given the green light to a coal mine in prime agricultural land.
Tony Abbott and his side-kick Joe Hockey say they don't like the look of wind turbines. They think they are ugly. They apparently think that prime agricultural land is ugly too, and they want to cover it up with a beautiful open cut coal mine. Not just agricultural land either. According to the Sydney Morning Herald:
The proposed mine, located about three kilometres west of the town of Breeza, is expected to destroy 789 hectares of an endangered ecological community, much of it box-gum woodland, and 148 hectares of other woods.Tony Abbott is trying to insist that the CEFC make money from its investments, while at the same time trying to prevent it from investing in anything that will make that money. He will turn Australia into the most reviled country in the world, the way he is going.
Tony Abbotts war on climate
Tony Abbott reckons that by setting a very low target for emissions we might even achieve it. His appalling behaviour means he wants to make the world as hot as possible as soon as possible. He's setting Australia back years if not decades in our aim of getting to CO2 zero emissions.
Last week Tony Abbott banned his front benchers from appearing on the ABC program Q&A. Ostensibly it was because in a recent episode a person previously found guilty of terrorism (or something like that) asked a question on the show. It meant that Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce cancelled his appearance.
Now Barnaby is a climate science denier, but he is also strongly opposed to the Shenhua coal mine that the Abbott government just approved. So it was very convenient all round that he didn't appear on Q&A last week, just two days before the announcement of the approval of the coal mine.
Clean Energy Finance Corporation: Tony Abbott defends decision to axe wind, solar from renewables spending - ABC website
Abbott government extends renewable energy investment ban to solar power - The Guardian
Giant Shenhua Watermark coal mine wins federal approval from Environment Minister Greg Hunt - Sydney Morning Herald