Coal will be a main energy source for ‘decades and decades’, says Greg Hunt

Environment minister says advances in carbon capture will be key to Australia’s emissions cuts in his response to IPCC report

Coal will be a predominant energy source for decades and decades to come, but with drastically reduced greenhouse emissions owing to technological advancement, the environment minister, Greg Hunt, has predicted as he responds to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The third report from the IPCC working group said the cheapest and least risky route to dealing with global warming would be to abandon all dirty fossil fuels in coming decades. It said gas including that from the global fracking boom could be important during the transition, but only if it replaced coal burning, and included nuclear as a low-carbon option.

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