Mineral industries

Alternate Term Label:
Fossil fuel industry
Oil industry
Journal article

EROI of different fuels and the implications for society

All forms of economic production and exchange involve the use of energy directly and in the transformation of materials. This paper centres on assessing the energy costs of modern day society and its relation to GDP.

No warming, no war

The COVID-19 pandemic has utterly changed life as we know it — but it’s also laid bare how Washington’s militaristic budget priorities have left the country woefully unprepared for a crisis. This report lays out how militarism and the climate crisis are deeply intertwined and...

Restricting the production of fossil fuels in Aotearoa New Zealand

In 2018, the New Zealand Government decided not to grant any new petroleum prospecting, exploration and mining permits outside onshore Taranaki. The aim of this report is to extend the existing analysis by providing an assessment of what is known about the environmental effectiveness and...

Future battery industry strategy: Western Australia

The Western Australian Future Battery Industry Strategy aims to provide a framework for the State Government’s leadership to build upon its demonstrated expertise in the future battery industry and promote its significant competitive advantages.
Discussion paper

The National Climate Disaster Fund

This paper argues that a National Climate Disaster Fund should be established to reduce the cost burden of natural disaster response and recovery to Australian households and taxpayers. The Australia Institute suggests that it should be funded by a levy on coal, gas and oil...

Collie at the crossroads: planning a future beyond coal

Staring down the end of the coal industry that built the town, Collie faces a challenge dozens of communities around Australia, and thousands worldwide, will confront in coming decades. This report argues that a renewable transition and creating a circular economy can lower costs, diversify...

The dispersant delusion: Equinor’s plan to poison the Great Australian Bight with banned toxic chemicals

This report outlines how environmental regulators plan to allow Equinor to respond to an oil spill in the Great Australian Bight by deploying a banned chemical cocktail that doesn’t work and is toxic to humans and marine life.

Norwegian cheque: who profits from oil in the Bight?

This report reveals that if Norwegian company, Equinor, is given permission to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight, it will likely pay the Norwegian government more than it will pay in Australian government taxes and up to 27 times more than they will...
Working paper

Oil curse, economic growth and trade openness

An important economic paradox that frequently arises in the economic literature is that countries with abundant natural resources are poor in terms of real gross domestic product per capita. This paradox, known as the ‘resource curse’, is contrary to the conventional intuition that natural resources...

Drivers for the development of deep sea minerals in the Pacific

Could the world’s hunger for metals and minerals, and state strategies for securing access to them, propel the development of deep sea mining?