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Gas price explosion - corporate greed


Economists are predicting that Australia will be the world's biggest exporter of LNG by 2018, overtaking Qatar's production. Instead of being able to enjoy prosperity and the economic benefits, consumers and manufacturing industries will be held hostage to the multi-national mining giants' demands.

Gas producers in the eastern states were once devoted to supplying domestic buyers, but now they are now chasing export dollars. Until very recently, gas extracted in Australia stayed in Australia. Because our nation has abundant natural gas reserves, it meant our gas prices have stayed low by global standards. 

The loss of insulated prices will mean we are forced to compete with buyers across Asia who prepared to pay top prices.

Cost of new oil sources concealed, leading to naive business cases like EastWest Link

This article was originally written on 24 Mar 2014, but, mistakenly not published. As the East West Link tollway scam remains a critical issue in the the lead-up to the Victorian state elections of 29 November 2014, and with the Victorian state Labor Party conference being held today this it has been temporarily posted to the top of the first page of Candobetter with the 'sticky' bit having been turned on.
See also: Community against East West Tunnel head to ALP conference this weekend of 17 May on the front page. - Ed
Freeways and tollways are a thing of the past due to real trends in fuel and energy costs, but the business community and most governments are very poorly educated in real energy and material trends. For instance, the business case for the notorious EastWest Link relies on a ridiculous idea that petrol costs will drop over time, which itself relies on, among other things, reports of uncosted shale oil recovery. This is Hillbilly economics. See also "SEITA tollway using old data on oil prices"

Stop the Pilliga Forest coal seam gas mining

Really informative video inside, beautifully put together by trevorjbc, containing a variety of knowledgeable speakers in the field, and showing the landscape. Farmers and environmentalists don't want CSG mining, but the government is likely to face a backlash from the minerals sector unless it acts. Critics fear that fracking not only opens up cracks in the coal seam, but could also result in gas escaping into drinking water as it rises to the surface. It would be economically reckless and short-sighted for the supply of CSG to destroy valuable farmland, and compromise underground water supplies. There are fears from some landholders that the ban in Victoria will be lifted. (This article has been adapted from a comment).

Tim Flannery and Australia's coal-seam gas and mining industry

The way The Australian writes him up, Tim Flannery, who once wrote so articulately in defense of our land and its ecology and our place in it, now seems reduced to a quasi-apologist for extreme mining technologies. The Australian writes in such an unbalanced way. See also "Fracking Democracy..."

Australia protests Gas-Fracking and Water - Brisbane Sunday October 16, 2011

Aussies take action! Lock the gate!" Australians to gather in Brisbane to defend water and land from coal and coal-seam gas fracking, which has already been totally banned in France. (See comments.) On Sunday October 16, 11a.m. Queens Park Cnr George & Elizabeth Sts. Brisbane City. lockthegateqld[AT]gmail.com Facebook: Defend Our Water Qld Tel. 0404 677 781 www.lockthegate.org.au

Sydney Residents Against Coal Seam Gas Announcement

Sydney Residents Against Coal Seam Gas Mining is a grass-roots organisation fighting to save the environment of Sydney and the rest of NSW from being irrevocably damaged. For more information on how to fight the menace of coal seam gas mining, read this article, or visit their web site at www.nogasmininginsydney.com. For those not yet aware of the threat that coal seam gas mining poses to them and to their children please see the movie Gaslands or view the 4 Corners documentary The Gas Rush of 21 Feb 11.

Urgent: Please attend meeting, City of Sydney Trigeneration Plans versus Renewables at 6.30PM, Wed 13April at St Peters Town Hall, Unwin's Bridge Rd.

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