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Mark Latham says that Australians dream when they think they can survive without coal-fired electricity

Mark Latham says that Australians ‘dream’ when they think the country can survive without coal-fired electricity

  • Mark Latham said that Australians who want to reduce coal ‘dream’
  • Support for coal power among coalition voters has declined, an ANU poll suggests
  • Mr. Latham said the poll was “not worthy of a squatter” and struck alternative energy
  • Sky News host said that Australia would become a “third world country” if it cut coal
  • The poll showed that support for coal fell to 37 percent during the forest fires

NSW One Nation leader Mark Latham said that Australians who want to reduce coal-fired energy by 20% by 2050 are ‘dreaming’.

According to a poll by the Australian National University, support for coal-fired electricity among coalition buckets has fallen from 72 to 57 percent.

In response to the poll, Mr. Latham said it was “not worth a cracker” and criticized alternative sources of electricity during an appearance on Sky News on Tuesday.

“Anyone who wants to use that 80 percent of the coal-fired energy and thinks you can change it to zero within 20 or 30 years and you can rely on unproven technologies such as battery storage or very expensive alternatives such as pump water to keep the lights on, well, they dreams, “said Mr. Latham.

NSW One Nation leader Mark Latham said that Australians who want to reduce coal-fired energy by 20% will 'dream' by 2050 during a Sky News performance on Tuesday

NSW One Nation leader Mark Latham said that Australians who want to reduce coal-fired energy by 20% will ‘dream’ by 2050 during a Sky News performance on Tuesday

Mr. Latham wrongly claimed that New Zealand thought it would cost a GDP of 16 percent by going to net zero emissions by 2050.

He suggested that Australia would lose 25 percent of its GDP because it had more manufacturing industries.

“People want and have the money in their pocket instead of walking the path of experimental energy policy,” said Mr. Latham.

What NZ actually discovered was that it would cost 16 percent of its GDP to implement the changes.

Meanwhile, Sky News host Rita Panah claimed that Australia would “descend to a third world country” if it cut coal.

“We know that renewable energy sources and batteries won’t replace that 80 percent,” she said.

‘Unless you have something that can replace it, such as nuclear [power] then you are in a world of problems. ”

Sky News host Rita Panah claimed that Australia would “descend into a third world country” if it cut coal

Mrs. Panahi and Mr. Latham responded to an ANU poll showing that only 37 percent of Australians supported coal.

The university poll interviewed 3,249 Australians in October at the start of the forest fires and in January among them.

ANU Principal Investigator Professor Nicholas Biddle said that non-metropolitan residents and those in capitals “had the same view” on environmental issues.

“About half of the respondents said the environment was the most important or second most important problem – compared to nearly 42 percent in October 2019,” said Mr. Biddle.

“There was a large increase in the number of people who said global warming or global warming would have an effect on them – 72 percent in January 2020 compared to 56 percent in 2008.”

Mrs. Panahi and Mr. Latham responded to a poll by the ANU, which showed that only 37 percent of Australians supported coal power. Pictured: the Eraring Newcastle power plant

Mrs. Panahi and Mr. Latham responded to a poll by the ANU, which showed that only 37 percent of Australians supported coal power. Pictured: the Eraring Newcastle power plant

Mrs. Panahi and Mr. Latham responded to a poll by the ANU, which showed that only 37 percent of Australians supported coal power. Pictured: the Eraring Newcastle power plant

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