Exclusive: as the Coalition prepares for criticism by conservative MPs, chief scientist says a scheme to incentivise the use of coal-fired energy is unlikely

The chief scientist, Alan Finkel, says he doesn’t know if Australia can meet its Paris commitments under the 28% emissions reduction target he has floated for electricity.

He also says it would be “surprising” if governments ultimately implemented a new clean energy target which “incentivised” building new coal-fired power stations.

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