To be honest, I've been busy and haven't heard enough about the Finkel review proposal regarding a clean energy target to know whether it's all good, or a bit fanciful. (My suspicion is that the modelling is a bit fanciful.) But it has the feeling of "a lot better than nothing" about it, nonetheless.
I am encouraged by the fact that it would seem that the Abbott objections are not getting all that much support from within the party room, and even Barnaby Joyce seems to be giving up the argument and just wants to get this divisive issue behind him.
Could it be that the Coalition is genuinely in a process of permanently sidelining the climate change fake skeptics, lukewarmers and conservative culture warriors for whom a matter of science has become, weirdly and corrosively, an emblematic issue? I'm starting to get my hopes up...
In the meantime I remain completely skeptical about clean coal, and hope the Coalition does not fund it.