Acting Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Australian tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes have clashed over the government’s net zero emissions plan.
In an often tense exchange at the Daily Telegraph’s virtual bush summit, the tech boss has repeatedly asked the leader of the Nationals how the government is going to meet its emissions targets.
The co-founder and CEO of software company Atlassian said that while “there are things in the brochure that I agree with,” the details have not been explained and he does not understand “the How? ‘Or’ What”.
The billionaire tweeted this week that the 129-page plan was “ridiculously embarrassing.”
The modeling is expected to be published in the coming weeks.
Mr Cannon-Brookes said the idea that methane challenges would destroy the beef industry, as the Nationals chief pointed out earlier in the week, was “*** bulls.”
âHow are we going to reduce methane to zero? Will it be at the expense of the gas industry or agriculture? Where will it come from? Asked Mr. Cannon-Brookes.
The tech boss shook his head as the Nationals leader argued that renewables were unreliable and more expensive.
“To say that the wind makes electricity cheaper … We have seen the price of electricity increase sixfold in one year … because wind power is unable to fill the void,” said Mr. Joyce, adding that it was a “BS argument” that electricity prices and reliability are not affected.
But Mr Cannon-Brookes said that “blaming renewables … is the same tired old argument.”
They have contributed to a 7% drop in electricity prices in NSW, he said.
The two also clashed over whether renewables would help support regional cities in Australia.
“I can’t think of a single renewable city in Australia, not one, so all those hundreds of thousands of jobs … there would surely be some of these ‘renewable’ cities. But they don’t exist because they don’t exist. ‘is a statement myth, âMr. Joyce said.
The billionaire fought back.
âI can’t tell you where there is a renewable city in Australia because it’s all,â he said.
“Australia’s future lies in renewable energy in a low-carbon economy, in every region of every city.”
Mr. Joyce concluded the session by saying that the government must be honest with regional workers and that “right now we are exporting more coal at a higher price than ever before, and that is the truth.”
But Mr. Cannon-Brookes was left with the final say, and he criticized the government’s emissions plan for its lack of detail and ambition.
“We need a plan, we don’t have one,” he said.
Associated Australian Press