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Scott Morrison hits out at NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean over 'out of step' gas comments

NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean has been accused of being a "bit out of step" over the future of gas as an energy source.

The prime minister has accused NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean of being a "bit out of step" over the future of gas as an energy source.

Scott Morrison's comments come a day after the NSW Independent Planning Commission granted phased approval for the controversial Narrabri coal seam gas project in the state's northwest.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian responded to the decision by describing gas an essential part of the state's energy security into the future.

The prime minister said the Narrabri project would boost jobs across the state.

"If you're not for gas, you're not for manufacturing jobs," Mr Morrison told 2GB radio on Thursday.

"And so I'm afraid the minister is a bit out of step with his own government and their own policy, his premier, and indeed the deal he struck with the federal government."

Mr Kean had earlier in the week said gas was a "hugely expensive" way of generating electricity, according to the Daily Telegraph.

NSW Energy and Environment Minister Matt Kean
NSW Energy and Environment Minister Matt Kean
AAP

"So those people arguing for coal or nuclear or for gas, they're actually arguing more expensive, dirtier forms of energy," Mr Kean told a Coalition for Conservation teleconference.

"So my view is that governments should be supporting technology, which will deliver the cheapest form of reliable energy possible.

"And right now, that's not gas. That's not coal, that's certainly not nuclear. It's wind and solar backed up by pumped hydro and batteries."

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