Taylor appointed as energy storm brews

Angus Taylor has been appointed as the Federal Government’s new Minister for Energy and Emissions reductions following the Government’s re-election earlier this month.

In a statement earlier this week, Mr Taylor said the government’s re-election had granted them a clear mandate to drive down energy prices while continuing to deliver sustainable energy projects around the nation.

Mr Taylor also re-affirmed the Government’s commitment to the Climate Solutions Package.

“The Government has also committed to the Climate Solutions Package, which includes detailed initiatives to meet our 2030 emission reduction commitments without damaging Australian industries, undermining jobs or hiking the cost of living,” Mr Taylor said.

Mr Taylor took to the media earlier this week to deliver a sharp rebuke to the Federal Opposition’s calls for stricter carbon abatement, saying that this month’s election had legitimised the Government’s move for a 28-30% reduction in emissions by 2030.

The appointment of Mr Taylor as industry groups increasingly express concern over the policy impasse and climate inaction, with oil giant Shell Australia’s boss Zoe Yujnovich identifying climate change as the main concern facing the oil and gas industry the world over.

“We need a joined-up national energy policy that is consistent with our national climate change goals, helps to remove barriers to supply and reduces sovereign risk,” Ms Yujnovich said in her address to the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association’s annual conference earlier this week.

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