By Andrew Bolt ~
The Australian Labor Party suddenly realises its promise of 50 per cent renewable energy – mostly unreliable wind – is disastrously unrealistic. It would cost $48 billion and give us massively expensive electricity no one could trust to stay on.
That’s why Labor Leader Bill Shorten, Mark Butler and Chris Bowen suddenly couldn’t speak straight.
In the past two days, in an atmosphere changed by Malcolm Turnbull’s attack on the Opposition Leader over electricity prices, Shorten, Chris Bowen as Treasury spokesman and Butler as climate change spokesman have all floundered or dissembled in interviews over the RET policy.
Shorten, who has admitted not having any economic modelling for the proposal, refused four times on the ABC to say what it was going to cost.
Three times on the ABC, Butler wouldn’t say if it was a goal, an aspiration, an ambition or a target. And Bowen was uncharacteristically incomprehensible on party policy.
Like West Australia Labor, which is mid-campaign and has abandoned a 50 per cent target, federal Labor is now trying to get everyone looking in the other direction and thinking about other solutions.
Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.