Pushing ever more renewable energy into the national electricity network is negligent without new investments in energy storage, Malcolm Turnbull has declared, stepping up his attack on Labor's "complacent" and "ideological" clean energy policy.
The comments came amid a deepening parliamentary furore over the extent of wind and solar power in South Australia, and any risks associated with an over-reliance to household prices and reliability of supply.
Mr Turnbull's comments also followed a call from a broad spectrum of industry, environment and welfare groups who beseeched politicians to cut the antics and seek common ground on energy policy in order to provide cost and investment certainty.
But that call had fallen on deaf ears in Canberra.
Charged by a Fairfax Media report revealing that advice to the federal government at the time of the state-wide blackout in SA had cautioned against attributing a causal role for renewables, the opposition pressed Mr Turnbull on why his government had canvassed wind and solar generation in the hours following.
Mr Turnbull responded forcefully, asserting that he had never said wind turbines were the cause.