•   
  •   

Australia Energy minister ramps up campaign for gas

04:30  13 april  2021
04:30  13 april  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

Scott Morrison's Cabinet got a shake-up this week. Here's who got a promotion

  Scott Morrison's Cabinet got a shake-up this week. Here's who got a promotion Scott Morrison's new-look ministry has been sworn in. Here's a look at who got promoted, and their backgrounds.Here's a look at the changes in Cabinet and who's been given new roles in the taskforce, and some of the credentials behind them.

a man wearing a suit and tie looking at the camera: Angus Taylor has described opponents of gas expansion as acting against Australia's interests. © Lukas Coch/AAP PHOTOS Angus Taylor has described opponents of gas expansion as acting against Australia's interests.

The federal energy minister has launched a strident defence of gas, claiming those against expanding the fossil fuel's role in Australia are against the interests of the nation.

Angus Taylor's plan to increase gas supply to try and reduce prices faces opposition from a raft of environmental groups and farmers who are concerned about the climate impacts.

He has denied his office pressured the Australian Energy Market Operator into being more supportive of gas in one of its major reports.

Australia to double the number of GPs providing the Covid vaccine

  Australia to double the number of GPs providing the Covid vaccine Federal health minister Greg Hunt said the number of GPs and special clinics providing the Covid vaccine will increase from 1500 to more than 3000 by the end of this week.Federal health minister Greg Hunt said on Sunday the number of GPs and special clinics providing the jabs will increase from 1500 to more than 3000 by the end of this week and to more than 4000 by the end of April around the country.

"What we've got is these activists who are acting against the interests of Australia, against the interests of Australian manufacturing, against the interest of Australian small business and households," he told 2GB radio on Tuesday.

"We need more gas in the system, we need it fast. We need to keep our coal in the system for as long as we reasonably can, as coal is going to play a big role in our system for many years to come."

The Morrison government has identified five gas fields it wants to open up to support exports and manufacturing.

The government last year approved a controversial gas field in NSW's Narrabri, paving the way for a $3.6 billion coal seam project.

It has been taken to court by the Environmental Defenders Office.

Why China is still clinging to coal

  Why China is still clinging to coal Over half the coal plants under development globally are in China, and the country isn’t slowing down, a new report found.China built the majority of the coal plants completed in 2020, and also accounted for 85 percent of the world’s new coal plant proposals, according to a report out Monday by Global Energy Monitor, an environmental research and advocacy group. That means instead of transitioning away from coal power — the source of nearly 40 percent of China’s carbon emissions — it is doubling down.

The government spruiked the need for more gas well before the coronavirus pandemic.

It set up an advisory group of stakeholders, many with close links to the gas industry, to provide advice on how the economy could recover after the health crisis.

The government is already talking up Australia's economic rebound from the pandemic but still insists a "gas-fired" recovery is needed.

NSW farmer Anne Kennedy campaigns against fracking for coal seam gas and is dismayed the government is willing to use prime agricultural land and the water beneath it for the fossil fuel industry.

"The Morrison government had so many other industries it could have funnelled money into if it wanted to help the nation recover from the COVID-19 crisis," she said.

"Unfortunately, it chose one that harms our rural communities and our ability to produce food and access secure water, while actually harming our economy."

Mr Taylor would not say if an upcoming by-election for the NSW state seat of Upper Hunter would be a referendum on coal, but talked up its importance for the region.

"Coal is important and coal will continue to be important," he said.

The government faces international pressure to increase its emissions reduction commitments, particularly from the United States, where President Joe Biden is an advocate for climate action.

The government has changed its language to be more supportive of achieving net zero emissions by 2050, a target it had called "economy wrecking" when raised by its opponents.

US miners’ union backs shift from coal for renewable energy jobs .
UMWA’s president said ensuring jobs for displaced miners is crucial to any infrastructure bill taken up by Congress. “I think we need to provide a future for those people, a future for anybody that loses their job because of a transition in this country, regardless if it’s coal, oil, gas or any other industry for that matter,” Roberts said in an online speech to the National Press Club. “We talk about a ‘just transition’ all the time,” Roberts added. “I wish people would quit using that. There’s never been a just transition in the history of the United States.

usr: 1
This is interesting!