Critique of Energy White Paper June 2004

The Howard government released its energy white paper “Securing Australia’s Energy Future”  in June 2004 It contained 2 totally flawed statements:

(1) “Despite increasing demand for oil, there are sufficient reserves to supply world demand for around 40 years”; page 119


(2) “The above factors mean that there is currently no case for the government to accelerate the uptake of these [alternative] fuels on energy security grounds. To do so would involve additional costs for consumers, with few energy security benefits”; p 124

My critique of the 2004 energy white paper is available as a submission 004 to the Productivity Commission dated 8/11/2004

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