Australia doubles down on fossil fuels, firing up critics

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that the government is doubling down on fossil fuel to help a flagging economy recover, angering critics and green energy proponents. – EPA pic, September 16, 2020.

THE Australian government’s plan for a “gas-fired recovery” of its coronavirus-hit economy ignited fears Wednesday that it would lock in fossil fuel dependence for another generation in a country already ravaged by climate change.

With Australia plunged into its first recession in almost 30 years and a million jobs lost, conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison has touted a fossil-fuelled path to “re-establishing the strong economy”.

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