Hart­suyker backs fos­sil fu­els

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NA­TION­ALS Mem­ber for Cow­per Luke Hart­suyker voted against scrap­ping re­new­able sub­si­dies at the party’s an­nual con­fer­ence but claimed fos­sil fu­els still had a role to play.

He said he voted against the mo­tion in Can­berra at the week­end as it was “fac­tu­ally in­cor­rect”, draw­ing on a Finkel Re­port pre­dic­tion that Aus­tralia could source 42% of its en­ergy from re­new­ables by 2030.

Mr Hart­suyker said there needed to be a bal­ance in en­ergy sources to en­sure base-load en­ergy lev­els were met in Aus­tralia.

“Fos­sil fu­els have, and still will have, an im­por­tant role to play in years to come,” Mr Hart­suyker said.

He said there was no en­ergy stor­age tech­nol­ogy in Aus­tralia, be­sides from hy­dro, that could meet the coun­try’s en­ergy de­mands.

CHEAP EN­ERGY: Fed­eral Mem­ber for Cow­per Luke Hart­suyker says fos­sil fu­els still have a role to play in keep­ing elec­tric­ity costs down. PHOTO: MATT DEANS

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