Why consumers should not just install solar, but also join political pressure groups

Why consumers should install solar, and join pressure groups : RenewEconomy

Speaking in Adelaide last Saturday at the Festival of Ideas, long-time renewables advocate Mark Diesendorf urged those who care about climate change to go further than installing solar panels and voting and join pressure groups.

He pointed to the recent efforts in Queensland to disincentivise the owners of rooftop solar for selling their excess energy back to the grid.

This was defeated by concerted campaigning by groups which held meetings in marginal seats, often attended by more people than were the difference between victory and defeat for the prospective MPs.

Diesendorf asked the audience to imagine if these groups, such as Solar Citizens and others, had not just a few hundred thousand members but instead two million – with the concomitant political pressure they would wield.

So, more than voting, said Diesendorf, join a group to help exert pressure and resist those who want to slow or stop the energy transition.

via Why consumers should install solar, and join pressure groups : RenewEconomy