In the sleight-of-hand movie ‘Gasland’, Josh Fox warned of the “industrial wasteland” which would be created by fracking in Pennsylvania. The Aussie anti-hero ‘Frackman’ followed the Fox formula, but really jumped the shark by predicting fracking would “destroy the world”.
A common cry from anti-industry activist groups is that the human health impacts of unconventional gas development are not known, a claim that then becomes a proxy for why industry development should not be allowed to proceed.
The Northern Territory’s Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing has released its interim report, which extensively details the effort undertaken to more completely understand a highly technical, and often misrepresented, industry.
The chemical manufacturing industry is the latest addition to a long list of authorities and industry groups concerned at the looming East Coast gas supply crunch.
Environmental activists such as Lock The Gate flatly reject suggestions that the resource development disincentives in the current GST distribution model be removed. This is because their ideal situation is to ‘keep it in the ground’ and for communities to be more self-sufficient.
Federal Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg will apply the Finkel blowtorch at today’s meeting of State and Territory energy Ministers – and a particular emphasis will be on his home State, Victoria.
Imagine if unemployment benefits were paid without the recipient having to even try to find a job. There would likely be a lot more ‘comfortable inertia’. It may be a surprise to some to learn that the way the goods and services tax (GST) operates is not dramatically different.
Anti-gas activists delight in claiming that rising gas prices in Australia are a result of some kind of conspiracy by gas companies to lift profits.