Shadow Energy Minister disagrees with LPG price hike

July 8th, 2008 - 2:37 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Deputy Leader of the Democrat party and Shadow Energy Minister, Jurin Laksanavisit (จุรินทร์ ลักษณวิศิษฏ์), says he disagrees with the government’s idea to increase the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in the transport sector.

Mr Jurin says the price hike will greatly affect people and suggests that the government should raise the price after it is 100% ready to distribute to compressed natural gas (CNG) on a large scale. He also advises the government to request PTT Plc. to assist the transport and service sectors by decreasing the price of diesel to be lower than the market price by three baht a liter.

In addition, the shadow energy minister voices his support for the promotion of gasohol E85 but says relevant ministries, including the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, need to accelerate a long-term plan on the production of ethanol. As for the Ministry of Finance, Mr Jurin says it should launch effective tax measures to persuade people to use gasohol E85.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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