Barnaby Joyce says coal-fired power needs to remain in Australia’s energy mix for the foreseeable future and he has not ruled out the Turnbull government either indemnifying or funding a new power plant.
|Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce sees coal as a|
part of Australia foreseeable energy future.
In an interview with the ABC on Sunday morning as the government is considering its response to the Finkel review of the national electricity market, the deputy prime minster and Nationals leader said if coal was phased out “then your TVs should go dark and the lights go out”.
Australia should look to refurbishing coal-fired power stations nearing the end of their life, he said, and if there was a proposal in Queensland to construct new plants then “we wouldn’t rule out discussions” about Canberra indemnifying or financing the plant.
Read Katherine Murphy’s story on The Guardian - “Coal to stay in energy mix for foreseeable future, says Barnaby Joyce.”