Policy report

Gaslighting Australia: why the gas industry is an emerging climate and environmental disaster

Climate change mitigation Carbon emissions Emission reduction Energy resources Natural gas Australia

Federal Energy Minister, Angus Taylor, wants Australia to have a ‘gas-fired recovery’. The Australian government’s Technology Investment Roadmap discussion paper advocates an expansion of gas as a way to smooth the transition to renewable power generation. But how dirty is gas? And has its time as a ‘transition fuel’ already come and gone?

This short report looks at the state of gas projects in Australia and its contribution to our climate problem.

Main finding:

Gas is a fossil fuel. Mining gas is a climate disaster. Last summer’s fires and smoke haze were a vivid reminder to all Australians that climate change is here. We have long moved past the point of considering gas, which is mainly methane, as a transition fuel. The heavily polluting gas industry is not going to help Australia tackle the climate crisis. Clean, renewable energy is the answer.

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