A fully electric car is about as rare in South Dakota as an 85-degree
forecast in January, so the installation of an electric car charging
station in the Rushmore Mall parking lot has raised a few eyebrows.
European Union countries have approved a deal with China to
reduce imports of Chinese solar panels which had previously crashed
Europe’s solar manufacturing market – bringing an end to the EU’s
biggest trade dispute of its kind.
The Australian renewables industry is under no illusion about the
extent of the forces lined up against it following the election of a
highly conservative Coalition government in Canberra.
The antipathy to renewables in large sections of the Coalition is
deep set, as it is among some of the highly influential and
ultra-conservative think tanks such as the Institute of Public Affairs,
and various industry lobby groups.
But even battle-weary supporters of solar and wind energy – and those
firmly in the middle of the road – were taken aback by an
extraordinary tirade against renewable energy delivered in Sydney on
Wednesday by Burchell Wilson, a senior economist at the Australian
Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
ACCI is one of the most visible and influential lobby groups in
Canberra, and its opposition to climate policy, carbon pricing, and
renewables incentives, is well known.…