Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull has issued a call for Australia to build coal powered power station. Clean coal fired power stations. Here is an extract from his speech today to the National Press Club.
Turnbull warned of the “madness” of Labor’s rush to a 50 per cent renewable energy target.
But he went much further in a way that some observers overlooked. He backed the idea of building new coal-fired power stations in Australia to provide cheaper power – an idea that is anathema to the Greens and largely dismissed by Labor.“We will need more synchronous baseload power and as the world’s largest coal exporter we have a vested interest in showing that we can provide both lower emissions and reliable base load power with state of the art clean coal fired technology,” he said. “The next incarnation of our national energy policy should be technology agnostic – it’s security and cost that matter most, not how you deliver it.”
The luvvies at the ABC and Fairfax will be apoplectic.
Of course he is quite right. Australia relies on the export of coal for much of its revenue and it's a bit dumb for this country to be bad mouthing coal while it is trying to sell it to other countries.
If he has half a brain he will allow the relevant minister to push this through while he remains above the fray, courting the loons from the left.