If you follow the Institute of Public Affairs’s logic on job losses, a net zero target is bad for everyone working in renewables too

Closing Australia’s biggest coal-fired power plant would be an “Electric Shock”, the headline screamed, that would do almost nothing for the climate and cost thousands of jobs.

So said a page one story for Sydney’s Daily Telegraph last week on the supposed impact of a decision by Origin Energy to close its Eraring power station in 2025, seven years earlier than planned.

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