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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Hodgman Just Does Not Get Gas -

Hodgman Just Does Not Get Gas - Lara Giddings, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Economic Development Minister Lara Giddings has welcomed Deputy Opposition Leader Will Hodgman?s newfound support for natural gas.


Ms Giddings said the State Labor Government is looking seriously at a range of measures that came from the 2003 report of the Joint Standing Committee on the Environment, Resources and Development on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).


?The Government is working closely with Powerco to develop the infrastructure to support CNG vehicles,? Ms Giddings said.


?My department is looking at options including running Metro buses on CNG, as well as fork lifts in large factories and warehouses.


?Additionally, Powerco is talking to the trucking and heavy haulage industry about the applications of CNG as a fuel.


?CNG is potentially a great source of cleaner energy which could be used in the Tasmanian vehicle fleet.


?Unfortunately, Mr Hodgman does not seem to understand the technical and economic issues involved in converting fleets of vehicles to compressed natural gas.


?Unlike the financially footloose Liberals, the Lennon Labor Government is looking at economically sustainable ways to encourage the use of natural gas in our State.


?Mr Hodgman seems to think the State Government should throw millions of taxpayers dollars at projects before their economic sustainability has been proven.


Ms Giddings said that Mr Hodgman should acknowledge the only reason Tasmania has natural gas available is because of the policies of the State Labor Government.


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