Six Queensland Nationals MPs have reignited the Coalition’s civil war on energy policy, demanding that Scott Morrison fast-track a decision to underwrite a new clean coal-fired power station.
Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi disagrees, saying government should just get out of the way, drop all renewable energy subsidies and put its own power needs out to tender to give the market certainty.
The Australian reports, the energy rebels have signed a letter to Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, challenging his authority with written demands calling for “immediate” action to address “unsustainable Queensland electricity costs”, after he failed to avert the deferral of the legislation to bring energy companies to heel.
In the letter, obtained by The Australian, the MPs called on the “Coalition executive” to revive the legislation that would allow the government to seek orders divesting an energy company of its power generation assets.
They're also calling on the government to underwrite a new power generation project in regional Queensland before the May election is called, raising the stakes in the push by conservatives for contracts to be signed backing a new cleaner coal plant.
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