If you believe the hype from the government and from the fossil fuel industry, gas is poised to swoop in and heroically stimulate the economy, reduce energy prices and save Australia’s emissions trajectory.
It’s a testament perhaps to how far to the edge of irrational conservatism our own Coalition has shifted when the Iron Lady of British politics, Margaret Thatcher, sounds like she was actually a sensible Australian centrist Greens MP.
Green groups and academics have criticised the Northern Territory government’s lifting of a moratorium on fracking.
The clamour against fracking continues to grow and very inconceniently for conservative rural interests, with the Country Women’s Association of Western Australia joining the NSW branch of its organisation to oppose the industry.
Fracking is a loaded word. When it is spoken people see images of lit cigarette lighters next to water taps with pops of flame jumping from the flowing liquid. Burning rivers, water contamination and mystery illnesses.
From the Victorian government: Victoria’s farmers and our proud regional communities now have certainty after the Andrews Labor Government’s historic Fracking Ban Bill passed the Victorian Parliament. The Resources Legislation Amendment (Fracking Ban) Bill 2016 passed through the Upper House of the Victorian Parliament without amendment this afternoon. Farming communities across Victoria have been calling for a […]
From Victorian government: Landmark legislation to permanently ban fracking for gas will today return to the Victorian Parliament as the Andrews Labor Government puts regional communities first to protect our clean and green reputation. Victorians have overwhelmingly embraced a ban on fracking to support farmers, the environment and the state’s vital food and fibre sector. In […]