Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has launched an eviscerating assault on the federal Coalition’s vitality coverage, saying its so-called “gas-led” restoration is a “canine”, and the federal government ought to as an alternative be centered on placing the gasoline business out of enterprise.
“The gasoline led restoration, my god what a canine that was,” Turnbull stated of vitality minister Angus Taylor’s signature coverage, in an interview on The Pushed podcast.
“In Australia, we’re speaking about spending some huge cash on so known as blue hydrogen, merely with the intention to maintain the gasoline business alive.
“I imply, for heaven’s sake, we’re making an attempt to place the gasoline business out of enterprise. I do know we’d like gasoline as we speak. I do know notably we’d like within the wake of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, and the sanctions on on Russia.
“However the object of the vitality transition, you recognize, drumroll, look ahead to it, women and gents, is to cease burning coal and gasoline … cease burning fossil fuels.”
Take heed to Giles Parkinson’s interview with Malcolm Turnbull here
Turnbull additionally took intention on the Coalition’s makes an attempt to revive carbon seize and storage, evaluating it to the plastic business’s makes an attempt to recycle, when in reality little or no was achieved.
“You understand, somebody says, ‘we need to get plastic out of the waste stream’. Okay, cease utilizing a lot plastic ‘Oh, no,’ they are saying, ‘No, we’ll use extra plastic, however we’ll recycle it’.
“However grasp on, you’re truly not recycling it in any respect,” Turnbull stated, including that solely 15 per cent of plastic was being recycled.
“We are able to’t lose sight of the prize. And the nice factor is, the encouraging factor is, we have now the know-how to finish the mission, we don’t have to invent one thing. We are able to have a zero emission electrical energy sector in Australia. And we are able to have a zero emission vitality sector in Australia.”
Turnbull was additionally damming of the Morrison authorities’s demonisation of electrical autos within the final election marketing campaign, saying that the “ruining the weekend” and different remarks had finished monumental harm to the business.
He questioned, although, why the EV business, and the likes of Tesla specifically, didn’t search to name out the “bullshit” from the federal government. See more on that aspect of the story on our EV-focused sister site The Driven.
Turnbull present focus is on storage applied sciences akin to pumped hydro, and on greed hydrogen, the place he’s enjoying what he describes as an “advisory” position as chair of Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Future Industries.
Turnbull says blue hydrogen, produced from fossil fuels however with the promise of carbon seize and storage, nonetheless ends in important quantifies of Co2, and methane leakage.
“So it’s actually unhealthy from a local weather viewpoint. However that’s how virtually all the world’s hydrogen is produced. And the folks that make it that manner, fossil gas sector, they are saying, Oh, don’t fear, we’ll take the co2 from our present operations and stick it below the bottom someplace.
“And so it’s, you recognize, our previous good friend carbon seize and storage. They are saying blue hydrogen is clear hydrogen, nicely, it’s about as clear as clear coal is, you recognize, so, so it’s not clear in any respect.”
Turnbull can also be a board member of Worldwide Hydropower Affiliation, and co-chair of the Worldwide Discussion board on Pumped Storage Hydropower, and is in Washington this week for a serious speech.
You may listed to the interview on The Pushed podcast in full by clicking here. It is going to be uploaded this afternoon.