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Nationals MLC Ben Franklin

A recently announced bilateral energy deal between the NSW and federal coalition governments – which includes expanding the gas industry – has the full support of local Nationals MLC Ben Franklin.

Franklin replied to the question of whether he was supportive of the expansion of the gas industry, despite it contributing to anthropogenic climate change.

He said, ‘The bilateral deal on energy signed between NSW and the federal government is a wonderful step forward’.

‘As the minister for energy and the environment Matt Kean says, “It is the single biggest state-based financial commitment to emissions reduction in the nation’s history and represents a massive Green deal for NSW”.’

It’s a statement rejected by The Greens and environmental groups.

Franklin continued, ‘At its heart is the establishment of a new 3,000 MW renewable energy zone in the central west of the state, along with other measures, such as methane capture from landfill and land-based carbon farming projects.

‘This is on top of the more than 100 private-sector proposals to build large-scale renewable energy projects currently before the government, which would add 17,700 MW of additional capacity into the network.

‘We are on a transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy. That will require high levels of storage, long distance transmission and much better efficiencies in how we use energy. But as that transition occurs, we will need an energy source that can react swiftly to changes in the output of wind and solar – one that is relatively low in emissions and only operates when needed. Natural gas will play that critical role in the short term’.

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  1. It’s nonsense. There are better, cleaner and ultimately cheaper energy sources than toxic coal seam gas. The Premier even said NSW could import our own gas back from overseas! It’s crazy.

  2. More fracking!
    Times are changing and the government need to move with it. Much better/earth friendly ways to acquire power and especially where we don’t have to ‘buy it back’!! Stop looking at the ‘short term” and the lining of the pockets!

  3. I am terribly sorry to inform you,Michael , there is NO point in appealing to logic or evidence.
    Yes it is ‘crazy ‘ They are ‘crazy’… and we are “crazy” for allowing them to get away with this nonsense !
    such as this “land-based carbon farming projects.” which is just a euphemism for paying those who are destroying the environment, to pretend to destroy a bit less and so , be able to claim ‘carbon credits ‘ !
    It is sickening what this country is doing. G”)

  4. Hey Ben you people don’t acknowledge the high levels of methane from extracting gas. Oh wait this depends on using science and we know how much the nats use that. Stop treating him as the local member he failed at that attempt.

  5. Gas and coal will be the two major sources of base load energy for many decades to come.
    As older coal fired power stations are decommissioned after 50 or so of useful generation they will be mostly replaced with various forms of new coal and gas Baseload generation.

  6. Rasa you are living in the past. Nobody will pay for new coal base load power stations, look at the confusion and time wasting effort for the one the lnp propose for Collinsville in Queensland. Gas will be used but it’s not a base load as it can be turned off and on unlike coal. It will be interim. Please keep up to date if you are going to argue for these technologies.

  7. Of course the Ben supports another gasser field opening up, He is a member of The National Coal & Gas Party aka The National Party and we all know they in the pockets of the FF Industry and their political donations. It just corrupt, the environment and us citizens will pay the ultimate price.


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