Tag: Gas

The Guardian view on Russian gas: a compelling reason to go green | Editorial | The Guardian

When Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine, he gambled that it would be won quickly and that the west would acquiesce in a fait accompli. He underestimated Ukrainian resilience and European readiness to punish Kremlin aggression with sanctions. That forced Mr Putin into a longer game. Now he is betting that European reliance on Russian gas exports will corrode western solidarity, leading to a degrading of sanctions and restored tolerance of Moscow’s territorial aggressions.

To hasten that scenario, Russia has cut the flow of gas through the main east-west pipeline. The Kremlin’s message of strategic extortion is not subtle: go softer on the war and have a cosier winter; stay tough and freeze. European solidarity is just about holding. Earlier this week EU members agreed a deal to cut gas usage by 15% as part of a phased move away from reliance on Russian supplies. But the deal is diluted by opt-outs and exceptions for various countries. Hungary, the EU state that is cosiest with the Kremlin, has not signed up at all.

The Guardian view on Russian gas: a compelling reason to go green | Editorial | The Guardian

The Guardian view on Russian gas: a compelling reason to go green | Editorial | The Guardian

Woodside’s ‘climate bomb’ Scarborough Gas Project must be defused

It is the first time the Federal Court has been asked to look at objective scientific evidence and find that the greenhouse gas impacts of a major offshore gas project are likely to significantly impact the Great Barrier Reef. The Scarborough Gas Project is a for-export LNG proposal off Murujuga/the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia, which will result in the release of an estimated 878.02 million tonnes of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.

Woodside’s ‘climate bomb’ Scarborough Gas Project must be defused

Old Dog Thought- 4 weeks ago Morrison and Frydenberg were telling us ” Our economic fundamentals were great the best in the world” Now we hear crisis has “developed” not “inherited” Watch our MSM attack the ALP and worker’s wages

Fighting Fake News with REAL 15/6/22; Dutton, Gas; Inflation;

It is now Cheaper to Switch from Coal directly to Wind and Solar than to Natural Gas

Another problem with “natural” gas as a bridge is that much gas production in the US is now via hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” which releases large amounts of methane into the atmosphere. Methane does not stay in the atmosphere as long as CO2, but it is 25 times more potent as a heat-trapping gas. Our current methane crisis appears to derived from fracked wells that have been left uncapped.

Source: It is now Cheaper to Switch from Coal directly to Wind and Solar than to Natural Gas

Pauline Hanson v the gas giants: who would have thought? – Michael West Media

Pauline Hanson

Elections bring on desperate changes and sometimes common sense is an accidental outcome.

So, if you want action against major gas companies controlling Australian politicians, a red-hot climate denier may still be worth some attention.

Hanson went so far as to propose a government-owned enterprise instead of paying private companies to do the same job. “If we’re going to pay $2.3 billion to secure Australia’s fuel supply, the government should buy the Brisbane refinery in Lytton and let it become an asset owned by the Commonwealth.” Hanson continually references Norway’s Sovereign Health Fund having “struck the right chord for its citizens, earning $1.5 trillion from its commodities.” “Australia, on the other hand, last year took a measly $300 million in direct payments for $50 billion worth of gas off the North West Shelf” while “the tiny nation of Qatar has a different approach. It receives around $26 billion in royalties on the gas it exports.” Qatar trades slightly less gas and hydrocarbon products than Australia.

Source: Pauline Hanson v the gas giants: who would have thought? – Michael West Media

Europe is dependent on Russian Gas during Ukraine Crisis because it didn’t Ramp up Renewables Faster

If the crisis can wait four years, big increases in wind and solar power will replace most NatGas. The IEA site reports that, “The agency says that between 2020 and 2026, renewables will grow by another 60 percent to over 4,800 gigawatts, which is roughly the size of the capacity of all fossil fuel and nuclear [electricity] power plants combined. Over the next five years, renewables will capture 95 percent of the growth in the electricity sector.”

Source: Europe is dependent on Russian Gas during Ukraine Crisis because it didn’t Ramp up Renewables Faster

Angus Taylor makes no sense – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Righto. Angus is on the job. Except … Australia’s largest producer of urea, Incitec Pivot, told the stock exchange last month it plans to close its main urea plant in Brisbane’s Gibson Island by the end of next year. The facility had been unable to secure “an economically viable long-term gas supply.” Paradoxically, Australia’s Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources said in its Resources and Energy Quarterly released June 28 that the global LNG market is likely to be marked by a surplus of supply over the next couple of years, which will place downward pressure on prices. “Given the large-scale expansion of global LNG capacity in recent years, import demand is expected to remain short of export capacity throughout the outlook period,” the report said. Then I read in the New York Times … Tanker ships carrying liquefied natural gas from exporters like the United States, Qatar and Australia have been steaming toward China and Brazil, drawn by higher prices.

Source: Angus Taylor makes no sense – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A century of Criminality: How the car and gas industry knew about the health risks of leaded fuel but sold it for 100 years anyway

Like the Sacklers and Purdue  the oil industry normalized death to ensure profits weren’t lost

By the early 1920s, the hazards of lead were well known – even Charles Dickens and Benjamin Franklin had written about the dangers of lead poisoning. When GM began selling leaded gasoline, public health experts questioned its decision. One called lead a serious menace to public health, and another called concentrated tetraethyl lead a “malicious and creeping” poison.

Source: A century of Criminality: How the car and gas industry knew about the health risks of leaded fuel but sold it for 100 years anyway

Old Dog Thought- Climate did in the world’s best wall builder in a day. What will it do to Morrison’s corrupt Gas and CoalKeeper recovery?

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Fighting Fake News with REAL 27/8/21; Democracy Corrupted; Taylor’s “CoalKeeper” Public Handouts; Gas; Trump’s Wall blown over by Climate

Gas Myths: Australians pay 7th highest prices in world despite being biggest gas exporter – Michael West

Australia is the biggest exporter of gas, bar none, in the world, yet we are paying the seventh-highest prices for gas in the world. Callum Foote reports on the gas cartel and the myth there is a gas “market”.

Source: Gas Myths: Australians pay 7th highest prices in world despite being biggest gas exporter – Michael West

It’s the forest, silly! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Pilliga forests are a significant water, biodiversity and carbon sink resource, yet our governments want to turn it into a gas-field. Now is the time to rethink how we value and manage our irreplaceable natural resources.

Source: It’s the forest, silly! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The gas-fired recovery – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Australian Federal Court has ruled that the Nation’s Environment Minister and Government “has a legal duty not to cause harm to young people of Australia by exacerbating climate change when approving coal mining projects.” While the case will eventually get to the High Court, it is hard to make a logical argument that expansion or creation of infrastructure that produces fossil fuel for consumption doesn’t also increase carbon emissions.

Source: The gas-fired recovery – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Snowflake’s Chance in Hell: prospects slim at best for PEP11 gas rig off the coast of Sydney – Michael West

PEP11

It is embarrassing enough that the government is even considering PEP11, the proposal to drill for gas directly off the coast of Australia’s most populous beaches and wealthiest economic zone. The final decision rests with Resources Minister Keith Pitt. Luke Stacey and Michael West report.

Source: Snowflake’s Chance in Hell: prospects slim at best for PEP11 gas rig off the coast of Sydney – Michael West

Shell expects to pay Australia no resource tax on gas drawn from Gorgon project | Royal Dutch Shell | The Guardian

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Fossil fuel multinational Shell does not believe it will ever pay the Australian government a cent in resource taxes for the gas it draws from the country’s biggest gas project, Gorgon.

Source: Shell expects to pay Australia no resource tax on gas drawn from Gorgon project | Royal Dutch Shell | The Guardian

JobSlayer: gas giants grab $300m subsidy then axe 3000 workers – Michael West

JobSlayer: gas giants grab $300m subsidy then axe 3000 workers – Michael West
Gas industry sacks workers

The Government touts gas as being a key plank of JobMaker, its Covid-19 recession recovery plan. To help “support jobs” the government has given the gas industry $300 million of taxpayers’ money in subsidies. In return, the industry has cut about 3000 workers, more than 10% of it workforce, in a boom production year. Mark Ogge and Elizabeth Minter report.

JobSlayer: gas giants grab $300m subsidy then axe 3000 workers – Michael West

Gas won’t fuel Australia’s recovery or reduce emissions. It’s a mirage | Greg Jericho | Business | The Guardian

Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) Project

The truth is gas is both too expensive and too dirty. We’ve known this for nearly a decade

Gas won’t fuel Australia’s recovery or reduce emissions. It’s a mirage | Greg Jericho | Business | The Guardian

Benefits of Coalition’s ‘gas-led recovery’ overstated and declining usage inevitable, report finds | Environment | The Guardian

brightly lit gas plant against a blue sky

The gas industry will inevitably decline as an energy source for industry and homes due to both economic and environmental issues, and will not deliver the Morrison government’s promised “gas-led recovery”, a new report finds.The gas industry will inevitably decline as an energy source for industry and homes due to both economic and environmental issues, and will not deliver the Morrison government’s promised “gas-led recovery”, a new report finds.

Benefits of Coalition’s ‘gas-led recovery’ overstated and declining usage inevitable, report finds | Environment | The Guardian

Why is Morrison like the 3 monkeys? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Years ago the “I see no evil, I hear no evil, I speak no evil” 3 wise monkeys ornaments were frequently on display. Abbreviate that to “Blind, Deaf, Dumb”, drop the word ‘wise’ and use the modern connotation of Dumb as being Stupid, and you have summed up Morrison.

Why is Morrison like the 3 monkeys? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A Savage Call: energy tsar calls time on Australia’s gas cartel – Michael West

Clare Savage, AER

The Government and its Covid Commission are pushing a $6 billion gas pipeline while new energy regulator, Clare Savage, calls into question the future of the gas networks. Meanwhile Australians still pay more for gas than customers overseas pay for Australian gas. Michael West reports on the momentous upheaval in energy.

It is one short sentence but a sentence with remarkable implications for the nation:

“If not, the economic life of the assets could be limited.”

The new chair of the Australian Energy Regulator, Clare Savage, is saying that if the gas transmission networks do not convert to hydrogen, these assets may be stranded; that’s many billions of dollars in gas pipelines stranded.

“She is calling time on a multi-billion dollar industry,” says energy analyst Bruce Robertson.

The candid assessment from Clare Savage is even more remarkable considering the Government, with the connivance of its Covid-19 Commission, is pushing plans to build a $6 billion gas pipeline from Western Australia to the East Coast.

via A Savage Call: energy tsar calls time on Australia’s gas cartel – Michael West

Santos blows $7 billion in five years and no relief for gas customers – Michael West

As Santos reports its profits this week, there is one number you are unlikely to hear from chief Kevin Gallagher: $7 billion. That’s $7 billion in gas losses over five years. Bruce Robertson reports on the government’s penchant for backing a big loss industry, future gas liabilities and the Federal Government’s gas deal with the states.

via Santos blows $7 billion in five years and no relief for gas customers – Michael West

Old Dogs Thoughts- White women are liars according to Pauline; The Amazon is burning and it’s not normal; Oiling the gears of the market and politics;

Fighting Fake News with REAL,19/9/19; Amazon is still burnining and it’s never been normal; Oiling and the Gears of Politics and the Market Place; Women ar liars and men are their Victims;

How Australia blew its future gas supplies

Widespread blackouts avoided by gas deal

things remain so dire that there is talk of importing gas, either the Australian stuff on sale so cheaply overseas, or supplies from one of our competitors, Qatar.

Back on the farm, our parents, who knew how to provide without running out of anything, would have been scandalised almost beyond words.

via How Australia blew its future gas supplies

Renewables generated more electricity than brown coal over summer, report finds | Australia news | The Guardian

 

A solar panel array at the Windorah solar farm

Renewable energy generated more electricity than brown coal during Australia’s summer for the first time in 2017-18, according to a new report by Green Energy Markets.

via Renewables generated more electricity than brown coal over summer, report finds | Australia news | The Guardian

Why Turnbull Has A Gas Problem And Why Vaccinations Are Not Safe! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Mm, it gets hard… I’ve spent several days trying to reconcile the idea that certain people can both admire a leader like Vlad Putin suggesting that Australia needs a leader like him, while arguing that any attempts to persuade people to vaccinate their children is an attempt to impose a dictatorship and we all should…

Source: Why Turnbull Has A Gas Problem And Why Vaccinations Are Not Safe! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Catastrophic California Gas Leak Could Take More Than Three Months To Fix | IFLScience

A natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon, California, has been spewing out 50,000 kilograms (110,000 pounds) of gas every hour for more than two months, and officials say it could take another three to four months to bring the situation under control. The leak first occurred on October 23, when the casing of a gas storage well operated by Southern California (SoCal) Gas failed. Strangely, the cause of this failure is not known, and attempts to stop the flow of gas by pumping liquid directly into the well in order to seal the rupture have been unsuccessful.

Source: Catastrophic California Gas Leak Could Take More Than Three Months To Fix | IFLScience