Are rooftop solar subsidies the most regressive policy ever?

Social justice warriors love progressive policies that disadvantage the rich for the (possible) benefit of the poor. (Interesting thought, how often do the poor suffer as well in the medium to long term. Think job creation).

Can someone imagine a more regressive policy (taking from the poor to give to the rich) than the subsidies and the feedback payment for rooftop solar? And that was before the battery bonus that Electricity Bill is offering.

What happened to the light on the hill?

Has someone from the Coalition said anything along those lines yet?

On reflection, I suppose they can’t say that because they have been living happily with the solar subsidy for years. Still, now that Bill has gone right over the top they could say that our emission reduction target is not as stupid as yours and our solar subsidy position is not as regressive as yours.

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21 Responses to Are rooftop solar subsidies the most regressive policy ever?

  1. Roger

    Has someone from the Coalition said anything along those lines yet?

    What…and appear to be climate change deniers?

    Kelly O’Dwer would be in conniptions.

  2. cohenite

    The rich will be regressed soon enough when power shortages occur and the bastards living in high rise apartments get marooned in their stalled elevator between the 42nd and 43rd floors.

  3. hzhousewife

    The rich will be regressed soon enough when power shortages occur and the bastards living in high rise apartments get marooned in their stalled elevator between the 42nd and 43rd floors.

    I can’t wait and I’ve been dreadfully disappointed that it hasn’t happenend already.

  4. Bruce of Newcastle

    Are rooftop solar subsidies the most regressive policy ever?

    IVF might be a worthy challenger…

  5. H B Bear

    Are rooftop solar subsidies the most regressive policy ever?

    Smokes and excise must go close.

  6. ArthurB

    Are rooftop solar subsidies the most regressive policy ever?

    I would think that affirmative action, gender quotas, gender pay gap, the Workplace Gender Equality Authority and the Australian Human Rights Commission would be just as regressive.

  7. Everything to do with climate change crap affects the less well off in every respect. Why do the Greens pursue this? Because they are all far more affluent (and full of effluent) than most average Australians. This has become patently evident in my increasingly Green leaning township, especially as wealthy tree-changers move in.

  8. Craig

    400 square metre house costs me 750 a quarter for two people without solar panels. Can’t afford panels and don’t want the damn things.

  9. a happy little debunker

    Even leftists know that these subsidies hurt the low paid and poor.

    However, most can accept that collateral damage in pursuit of their narratives & they all claim that a tax rebate (otherwise known as ‘a refund for overpaid tax’) is the equivalent of a subsidy.

  10. Turtle of WA

    Solar panels are devices that transfer wealth from the poor and working class to the upper middle class and wealthy. And the left love ‘em.

  11. Interesting to see the public reaction when the fly by night battery installers disappear and the cheap knock off batteries they installed start catching alight and burning houses down?

  12. Boambee John

    Turtle of WA
    #2874760, posted on November 29, 2018 at 8:53 am
    Solar panels are devices that transfer wealth from the poor and working class to the upper middle class and wealthy. And the left love ‘em.

    The Greens are largely university credentialled inner city dwelling publicly funded and comfortably well off.

    Only the rich can afford to dabble in socialism, and they make sure they receive all of the benefits.

  13. Tim Neilson

    However, most can accept that collateral damage in pursuit of their narratives & they all claim that a tax rebate (otherwise known as ‘a refund for overpaid tax’) is the equivalent of a subsidy.

    Fact check: true.

    Fuel excise credits i.e. refunds of excise paid (refunded solely because the excise doesn’t at law actually apply to the use of the relevant fuel), is a “subsidy” for fossil fuel.

    But vastly taxpayer- funded solar panels are proof that ruinable energy is “cheaper”.

  14. Craig Sargent

    Yes… there is a more regressive policy… Toll Roads

  15. Dr Fred Lenin

    Iam prepared for the power blackouts , I have gas hot water and cooking , plenty of battery lights and batteries and an ipad which works off a battery and can be recharged when the power comes back for a couple of hours a day. The point about the lifts is good fancy living on the top floor of Eureka Tower in Melbourne,lots of gangrene / socialists must live in tower apartments ,not the politicans of course ,they live in mansions in elite suburbs paid for by the taxpayer . Not their constituency of course ,you couldnt expect a tertiary educated politician with a useless tiny law “degree” to live amongst the wukkas who keep them .

  16. Amused

    I’ve been fairly happy with my power bills since installing solar panels way back in early 2013. It’s even more satisfying opening the bill and knowing that it has been fully paid for by Labor voters who think climate change is real and subsidies are good.

  17. Up The Workers!

    Wise old Confucius say:

    “It takes many hands to make light work, but only one Greenie hand to steal bloody light bulb!”

  18. Destroyer D69

    Dear Amused.. Please be aware that EVERYONE is part of the sucker pool who are financing the destructive subsidies you refer to in such glowing terms.The greatest forced “donors” to this idiocy are those who cannot afford to install solar, NOT just Labor voters who may be the leaders in the lemming race to Australias demise as a suitable country live in…..

  19. Warburton

    I have been saying this for years. It is one of the most disgraceful policies ever implemented; making poor people subsidise rich people’s electricity.

  20. Yohan

    Its not just a normal subsidy. That would be bad enough in itself.
    Solar is paid for by non solar users. i.e the more users who get solar feed in rebate, the higher a tax is laid on normal electricity generation to pay for it.

    This doesn’t just create market distortions, its also a pure transfer from the poor to the rich.

  21. Yohan

    I have a friend with a large house, pool, family of 5. He spent 20k on his solar system and got locked in at the high tariff rate of 54c per kw. His yearly power bill is zero.

    Of course he is a dumb leftist who thinks his power usage really is offset by this arbitrarily set (by government) tariff price.

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