The people of the Northern Rivers of NSW stopped the unconventional gas industry at Bentley because they knew it was bad for their health and the environment (Planet Watch: the madness and corruption of unconventional gas, The Echo, 14/7/2020). In 2023, the Greens are still trying to stop new coal and gas projects and they are not alone.
The International Energy Agency’s 2021 Flagship report Net Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector clearly stated that: ‘Beyond projects already committed as of 2021, there are no new oil and gas fields approved for development in our [net-zero 2050] pathway, and no new coal mines or mine extensions are required.’ This was confirmed in its World Energy Outlook 2022 report.
Despite this advice, there are 114 new coal and gas projects in Australia’s investment pipeline and an analysis by the Australian Parliamentary Library estimates those projects in total ‘have the potential to create 2.5 times Australia’s domestic emissions each year’.
Many are fearful of the environmental and cultural effects of these projects on their land. The NSW Department of Planning received 23,000 submissions relating to the Narrabri project, for example – the most ever received on a major resource project. Less than 500 were in support.
If we don’t stop opening new fossil fuel projects now, when will we? The Greens need praise for their stand.
China just approved another dozen mega coal fired plants on top of the dozen they just built. Maybe they know something you don’t.
NO New Fossil Fuel Adventures, it is what the Science / IPCC has been telling us if we want to limit increased global warming and the damaging impacts that comes with it.
You should go listen to the panelists that quit/spoke out after the report was published. They unwittingly participated, not realising what the IPCC actually is and how the process works. Then when they spoke out, they were surprised by what happened to them next. People such as yourself are given the most out there/highly unlikely end of the graph to repeat as a certainty and fact. You’re very helpful to the climate hustlers to get people to buy their green crap at great expense to replace stuff that we already own and already works. Like pushing the latest Iphone.