O'Farrell must take Obama's lead on gas

As the US president gives credit where it’s due to the gas industry’s economic role, the O’Farrell government’s hard line looks like trebling wholesale prices.

The frustration of the gas industry with the level of debate about its exploitation in Australia is only too evident. It has shown up again in the past week in the industry’s key lobbyists, the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, springing on US President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address to make a domestic point.

Obama told Congress that one of the main factors in America’s current push-back towards economic health is the gas industry, “a bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change”.



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