Eric Worrall writes – The increasingly farcical Australian Renewable Target just took another body blow today, with mounting pressure on the Labor Party, from Aluminium Industry union delegates, to exempt yet another industry from green energy tariffs.
According to The Australian, a major Aussie daily newspaper;
“THE Australian Workers Union has called for the aluminium industry to be exempted from the renewable energy target, a move that will increase pressure on Labor to negotiate a bipartisan deal with the Coalition on changes to the scheme. AWU national secretary Scott McDine warned that the RET maintained in its current form would lead to thousands of jobs shifting overseas with no environmental gain.”
The main domestic political opposition to Aussie Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s dismantling of carbon pricing and job destroying environmental laws, is a coalition of Greens and Labour in the Australian Federal Senate. But the uncertain Aussie jobs market, combined with high profile announcements of impending plant closures, by energy intensive industry leaders, is increasing pressure on the Labor Party to reconsider its hardline green political posture.
It remains to be seen whether the Australian Renewable Energy Target will be abolished, or whether it will continue to have holes poked in it, until it is rendered completely ineffectual.