Right now a National Covid-19 Coordination Commission stacked with fossil fuel lobbyists are recommending the Morrison Government funnel public money into uneconomic gas projects.1
This commission is led by a former West Australian mining CEO Neville Power, who is also the director and shareholder of WA-based fracking company Strike Energy. Not only is there a potential conflict of interest in the commission but its plans to subsidise a ‘gas-fired recovery’ will harm the economy further by blocking action on climate change.
In WA, the oversupply of gas has been a barrier to consumers accessing affordable renewable energy, and it has been a disaster for the climate as growing pollution from the gas industry drives up national emissions.
To make matters worse, the gas industry is the smallest employer of any sector in WA, producing fewer jobs per dollar of investment than any other industry.
More gas will cost Australians dearly and hold our country back from the opportunities in clean and affordable renewable energy that can underpin a recovery from Covid-19 and set Australia on a clean and competitive path for the jobs and growth of the future.
Sign the petition demanding no government handouts to fossil gas companies as part of the coronavirus recovery effort.