Australia’s LNG exports aren’t as good for the planet as the government seems to think.
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The federal government claims that Australia's rising emissions are offset by savings around the globe when Australian gas exports replace other fossil fuels. But the numbers don't stack up like that.
Decarbonizing maritime transportation will require a major shift towards alternative fuels.
Shipping companies are expected to halve their greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
West Coast opponents of fossil fuel exports have blocked industry plans for years.
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The 'thin green line' of resistance against any new infrastructure for shipping oil, gas and coal abroad has won many battles.
Supporters of the Unist'ot'en camp and Wet'suwet'en walk along a bridge over the Wedzin kwa River leading towards the main camp outside Houston, B.C., on Jan. 9, 2019.
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It's time to engage with Indigenous people through the governance systems built prior to European settlement.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shakes hands with B.C. Premier John Horgan at a news conference where LNG Canada announced its decision to build an export facility in Kitimat, B.C.
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Burning natural gas produces less greenhouse gases than coal or oil. But the methane emissions associated with natural gas production and liquefaction threaten to erode its environmental benefits.
Vladimir Putin, autographing a natural gas pipeline in Vladivostok.
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Even if Asia buys most of the natural gas the U.S. will be exporting soon, America's growing role in that market could wind up reducing Russia's political influence in Europe.
Turkish ships on patrol.
The prospect of gas wealth has been escalating old rivalries and disputes between Turkey, Cyprus, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt and Greece.
The government has so far refrained from putting a legal limit on LNG leaving our shores.
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By signing an agreement with the big three producers, the government has effectively made the east coast gas shortage evaporate. But there's no guarantee the price pain will go away too.
Business as usual is not an option.
A new CSIRO roadmap outlines the options for oil and gas companies to keep pace with the clean energy transition, including solar-powered hydrogen fuel production.
Australia is one of the largest producers of natural gas.
Australia's prime location and Asia's growing demand make it unlikely that there will be less foreign demand for our gas.
Malcolm Turnbull has followed through on his tough talk to gas producers.
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A survey of leading economists gave a mixed, and overall negative, view on Malcolm Turnbull's plan to force gas producers to divert exports back into the Australian domestic market.
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.
Keeping things cold wastes a massive amount of energy. What if this could be harnessed?
High gas prices have left Adelaide’s Pelican Point power station running at less than half its capacity.
South Australia's government was angry about the blackouts enforced by electricity regulators. But with much of the state's gas power offline, the regulators had little choice.
Malcolm Turnbull touring one of Australia’s large LNG fields.
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The way Australia taxes companies for gas projects now lags behind our closest neighbour, Papua New Guinea, which has reformed its tax system to ensure it gets money sooner.
Companies like Tesla, with batteries and electric cars, are disrupting traditional energy companies in Australia.
Energy companies shouldn't rely on government regulation to protect them from the growing disruption from renewables and increased consumer control.
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.
Gas exports are driving massive growth in Australia’s gas demand.
South Australia's recent electricity price spike has seen calls for more gas. But Australia already has plenty.
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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%.