11 June, 2021
Alternate reality on gas talk
THERE has been a lot of talk about gas lately. One thing needs to be made very clear – gas is as dirty as coal.
It is a potent greenhouse driver.
It is not a “transition” fuel.
No amount of spin from the Prime Minister
or his mates in the gas lobby will change these
Anyone who thinks otherwise is living in an
As news.com.au reported on May 19 in
response to the federal government’s announcement
of plans to build a gas plant in the Hunter
Valley, Deloitte economist Nicki Hutley said gas
no longer made economic sense in Australia.
“It drives up electricity prices, it increases
emissions at a time when the rest of the world is
reducing emissions, and it creates very few jobs,”
“The majority of benefit from this move will
be concentrated in the hands of large gas corporations
at the expense of lives and livelihoods.
“The government should invest in renewable
These facts highlight why there should be no
development of gas in the northern Bowen Basin
(or anywhere else).
Another reality reinforcement for those clinging
to the false hope that there is any long-term
future left for fossil fuels came last week when
the Callide coal-fired power station broke down
(as our ageing fleet of power stations regularly
do) and the Hornsdale Power Reserve, a Tesla
Powerpack system in South Australia responded
instantaneously and the battery was able to do
this in just two seconds.
Renewables backed with batteries are cheaper
than new fossil fuel generation, more reliable,
and by far safer for the future of our planet and
Finally, check out the story filmed in Clermont
on ABC’s 7.30 which aired last Tuesday, June 7
focusing on the conversation we as a region and a
community need to have about a plan for a Just
Transition, our future and our collective prosperity.
A conversation about the true and new reality.