January 31, 2023
Nationals leader – and Member for Maranoa David Littleproud – has again called for a National Energy Summit and the introduction of nuclear energy to tackle the “reckless” push for renewable energy.
Speaking to Sky News on Wednesday morning, Mr Littleproud called for a pause in the rollout to protect the environment.
“These renewable projects are destroying (the environment), as well as tearing up prime agricultural land, tearing up the food security of this nation and driving up your food costs,” Mr Littleproud said.
“We can pause, we can plan.”
He said solar energy panels should be erected where the power is needed, ie. on city rooftops.
“We’re not against renewables as The Nationals. There’s a place for them. And particularly I think you can look at solar. Solar should be the main source and probably the only source moving forward in terms of renewable energy,” Mr Littleproud said.
“And that should be on rooftops. That should be the environment that they’re put on, not on prime agricultural land or knocking down native vegetation.
“And if you put solar panels where the concentration of power is required and the concentration of the population is, then you don’t need the transmission lines.
“So this is why this reckless race that the government’s bringing in, we’ll see the next wave of costs come in. And Australians will have to pay for it.
“So we’re very sceptical. We’ve said, let’s pause, let’s plan, let’s have a National Energy Summit. Let’s also look at nuclear energy.”
Mr Littleproud suggested nuclear plants could in built beside existing coal-fired power stations.
“It can be plugged in where existing coalfired power stations are and it doesn’t put all our energy eggs in one basket, but instead spreads it with firming power, with renewables and with the traditional coal and gas, with carbon capture storage,” he said.
“That’s common sense. And that’s the solutions The Nationals have been trying to tell this government to sit down and work through.
“They’ve been ignoring us, unfortunately and you’re all going to pay extra because of it.”