Ben McNeil is a senior research fellow at the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. Ben has a Master of Economics in Political Economy and a PhD in climate science. Ben advises government and business on strategic thinking around sustainability. He is an expert reviewer for the United Nations IPCC and was invited to present his research to the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He speaks regularly at corporate and scientific events and to media. Ben lives in Sydney.
This week’s Australian budget, with its withdrawal of subsidies for renewable energy, has left many commentators wondering if we’ve turned our back on carbon-neutral power. They should focus on the main game – the introduction of a carbon tax later this year. Without this, our renewable industry really will be left behind.