With the right power policies, gas can have a brighter future.
The current domestic gas crisis will pass. But if the industry wants to surpass coal and fulfil its role as a 'transition fuel', it should lobby for a carbon price to help it on its way.
Protesters rally against coal seam gas in Melbourne, February 2016.
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The federal government seems keen to usher in a new boom in onshore gas production. But gas firms will need to tread carefully, as past experience in Queensland's fracking heartland shows.
The long view: energy policy needs to stay firmly focused on the horizon.
The current flurry of energy policy aims to make power cheaper and more reliable. But it will take more than that to meet vital longer-term goals like cutting carbon while keeping future prices low.
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The goals are clear: clean, cheap, reliable energy. But no-one can agree how we get there.
People protesting hikes in Mexican fuel prices block access to a Pemex gas station.
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Australia’s LNG exports have driven domestic gas prices higher.
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With gas prices high, coal-fired power has been increasing, which is bad news for carbon emissions.
Protesters march against fracking in Melbourne.
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Victoria will permanently ban unconventional gas, and extend a moratorium on onshore gas until 2020.
An LNG tanker leaves Gladstone, Queensland. Gas development is one of the drivers behind Australia’s increasing emissions and electricity demand.
Over the past year Australia's greenhouse gas emissions from electricity rose 2.7%.
Woodside’s Karatha Gas Plant on Western Australia’s northern coast.
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Woodside's deferral of its floating gas project in Western Australia is just the latest blow low oil prices have dealt the industry.
In 2015, gas prices fell below $2 per gallon in Moscow Mills, Missouri. The trend of low gas prices across the United States delay a signature Obama proposal to reduce emissions from cars and trucks.
Faced with stringent fuel economy standards but cheap gas, automakers may seek to delay CAFE rules. What's the best way to reevaluate these emissions-cutting rules?
Could better regulations have persuaded Woodside not to mothball its Browse gas project?
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Woodside's decision to shelve its $40 billion Browse project off Western Australia's north is not a disaster, but it does highlight some areas where the gas industry needs to get much smarter.
Plugging in: more energy efficient cars are just one of the ways to improve energy productivity.
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An LNG carrier leaves Darwin.
Coal seam gas companies have invested billions of dollars to export their products overseas. But is their investment paying off?
Going down: Prices in Texas in November 2015.
With cheaper gas, consumers are buying fewer fuel-efficient vehicles – a step backwards on climate, energy security and upkeep of our highway and bridges.
It has been argued that connecting the pipeline to the Moomba gas hub (pictured) would have been more beneficial for the sector.
The Northern Territory is joining eastern Australia's gas market - good news for gas customers.
Gas may no longer be the most economic way to heat your home.
Eastern Australia's gas market is rapidly changing, driven by the first exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Queensland. And this is affecting the whole supply chain, from gas producers, to the way we use gas in our homes.
Rising gas prices, driven by the development of Queensland’s exports, could end up driving domestic customers away.
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