Expose the Warburton witch-hunt

Last night, the ABC revealed that Brian Fisher, an economist on the RET review panel, is using work he did for the oil and gas industry to argue against the Renewable Energy Target. We know that the Warburton review is a witch-hunt: can you write-in to make sure others know too?


Write a letter to the editor outlining your concerns about the biased, compromised RET Review Panel.


Key facts:

  • The RET review panel won't give an unbiased assessment.It's head, Dick Warburton, used to run Caltex and has questioned the science of global warming. Another panellist, Brian Fisher, worked on modelling for the oil and gas industry which was later submitted to the very same review.
  • The RET was reviewed in 2012 by the Climate Change Authority. The review was headed by Bernie Fraser, former Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, and found that the RET should be kept as is.
  • The RET is making electricity cheaper. It encourages wind and solar which have the lowest generation cost. The coal and gas companies hate it because it makes them less profitable - but it has real benefits for households.

Hints and tips:

  • Include your name, address, and phone number.
  • Keep your letter short. Three sentences is a good target.
  • Keep it simple. There's a lot that could be said about the RET, but try to stick to the key fact that the review is a witch-hunt that can't be expected to give the RET a fair go.
  • Include your letter in the body of the email.


"Last night, the ABC revealed that one of the reviewers of Australia's Renewable Energy Target has previously done modelling work for the gas industry, and that this modelling work was being used to influence the RET review. This is just the latest in a series of episodes with a consistent theme: this RET review is biased in favour of polluting industries like coal and gas. The RET is making clean energy cheaper, creating jobs, and reducing pollution - it's no surprise that king coal wants it gone."


The Chronicle --  news@chronicle.com.au

Canberra Times -- letters.editor@canberratimes.com.au

CityNews -- http://citynews.com.au/letters-to-the-editor/

Canberra Weekly --  news@canberraweekly.com.au