Morrison backs onshore gas

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Speaking at the National Press Club this week, Mr Morrison said Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor was doing “great work” in his fields and pointed to gas a bridge to a cleaner energy future.

“Central to this agenda is getting access to our domestic gas supplies,” said Mr Morrison

“We need to get the gas from under our feet.

“There is no credible energy transition plan for an economy like Australia in particular, that does not involve the greater use of gas as an important transition fuel.”

Moratoriums on onshore gas exploration still exist in Victoria and New South Wales, but Mr Morrison said the US was proof opening up gas resources could reduce emissions.

“Gas has a critical role to play as a backstop to our record investment in renewable energy generation,” he said.

“So right now, we’ve got to get the gas.

“Our economies will adjust [to using less coal].

“The market signals are already there.

“We have to give them the room to adjust and not cut off response options, like in gas exploration and development, that help them move forward.”

Following the address, the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) said it was “pleasing” to hear the Prime Minister recognise the role of gas.

“If industry can further explore and develop onshore and offshore resources with support from governments, Australia’s natural gas can continue to underpin a nation building shift to a lower carbon, sustainable energy economy,” said APPEA Chief Executive Andrew McConville.

“It’s important for Australia’s oil and gas industry to be recognised for the positive role it is and can play in the broader energy and emissions reduction debate.

“Natural gas is the perfect complement to the growing use of renewables and will continue to be so for decades come.”

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