The Greens say they do not trust the government to deliver green hydrogen instead of toxic methane, and that there are better ways to turn Australia into a green hydrogen superpower than handouts to billionaires.
Energy Minister, Angus Taylor, announced a $30 million dollar taxpayer funded grant for a new methane gas-fired power plant.
World leaders will meet in Glasgow in less than a month and ending fossil fuel subsidies will be one of the top goals for most nations at the COP summit.
Quotes attributable to Greens Leader, Adam Bandt MP:
“The Greens’ preferred approach is to get Snowy Hydro to ditch the Kurri Kurri gas plant and expand into batteries and green hydrogen instead. We’ve got a publicly owned electricity generator and we should grow it.
“If the government wants to support construction of green hydrogen plants, it should do so through Snowy instead of more ‘no-strings attached’ grants to billionaires.
“We're dubious about giving public money to something the government is selling as a way to burn more toxic methane.
“Unless there’s a watertight guarantee that this money will go to green hydrogen, we reserve the right to disallow it.
“The JobKeeper rorts show this government has a terrible record of giving out public money to billionaires with no strings attached."