Critique of Energy White Paper June 2004

The Howard government released its energy white paper “Securing Australia’s Energy Future”  in June 2004

http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/10052/20050221-0000/www.dpmc.gov.au/publications/energy_future/docs/energy.pdf

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

http://www.pc.gov.au/projects/inquiry/energy/docs/submissions

http://www.pc.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/44763/sub004main.pdf

http://www.pc.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/84541/sub004appendices.pdf