Wednesday, January 23, 2013

China and Australia top list of 'carbon bomb' projects | Environment |

China and Australia top list of 'carbon bomb' projects | Environment |
 China and Australia top a global list of planned oil, gas and coal projects that will act as "carbon bombs" and push the planet towards catastrophic climate change.

The Point of No Return study, by consultancy firm Ecofys for Greenpeace, calculated that the 14 giant fossil fuel projects would produce 6.3 gigatonnes of CO2 a year in 2020 – as much as the entire United States emits annually.

The largest contributors will be China's five north-western provinces, which aim to increase coal production by 620m tonnes by 2015, generating an additional 1.4bn tonnes of greenhouse gases a year.

Australia's burgeoning coal export industry, already the largest in the world, is in second place due to its potential growth to 408m tonnes of shipped resource a year by 2025, resulting in an annual 760m tonnes of CO2.


  1. So much for our bloody polititions,carbon tax,resource tax,bungled solar,renewable fiascos and pink bats.

    The only thing that makes sense is your cartoon in the top rh corner.

    They make us sick - true.

  2. Speak of the Devil......

    US energy giant Chevron's massive Wheatstone LNG project will not have any carbon emission restrictions after the State Government ignored its own independent advice and removed them.

    In the latest sign of a split between the Government and its top environmental adviser, Environment Minister Bill Marmion lifted conditions that would have minimised Wheatstone's pollution.

    The move comes after Chevron's claim in July that the Federal Government's carbon tax, which came into effect on July 1, had made the conditions redundant.

    Despite the Environmental Protection Authority last month insisting the conditions complemented rather than duplicated the tax, Mr Marmion ignored the advice and upheld Chevron's request.

    It means Chevron will no longer have to keep its carbon emissions below 0.26 tonnes for every tonne of LNG produced, nor have its performance independently assessed and made public.

    Instead, Chevron will only be required to report its emissions annually, even though the $40 billion Pilbara project could increase WA's carbon emissions by 13.5 per cent.

    The decision adds to tension between the EPA and the minister's office after a similar decision by Mr Marmion in November to scrap pollution restrictions on the Browse LNG project.

    That development alone would increase WA's greenhouse emissions by as much as 52 per cent compared with 2007 levels.
    Mr Marmion defended the decision on Wheatstone by repeating his argument that regulating greenhouse gas emissions was primarily the responsibility of Canberra.

  3. We thought it would never happen

    The Connection Of Lillian Maher, Michael Gallagher & Their Private Companies to FMG Land Access Operations

    Native Title Tribunal inquiry

    23 January 2013

    By National Indigenous Times reporter Gerry Georgatos

    The National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) President, Graeme Neate and the Tribunal’s Registrar, Stephanie Fryer-Smith have launched an external inquiry into a former State Manager after reports published in the National Indigenous Times revealed allegations of various improprieties in reference to undeclared interests by its employee to the Tribunal. High Court of Australia officers have arrived in Western Australia as part of this inquiry and have been interviewing people – with only the notice of a few hours.

  4. More to come


    Last year the National Indigenous Times put two whistleblowers on the record regarding FMG’s Native Title meddling, Mr Kerry Savas and Mr Bruce Woodley. Next week the NIT will run with an exclusive report from another whistleblower “who will corroborate the claims by Mr Savas and Mr Woodley.” The NIT has flagged that its new source is high-level, and that their “allegations are even more serious than those raised by Mr Savas and Mr Woodley.”

    Well done Gerry Georgatos - again!

  5. Just as gas can be piped anywhere across the US,soon it seems,gas will be piped anywhere across Asia.And maybe oil too.

    Myanmar-China pipeline closer

    A gas pipeline from the southern coast of Myanmar to China should be wrapped up by the end of May.

    The Financial Times said CNPC published state media reports on Monday saying the 793km pipeline would be fully operational by May 30 , less than three years after construction began.

    Being built in parallel, an oil pipeline traveling the same route should be finished by next year.

    The oil pipeline in particular is seen as a strategic advantage for China. It will allow imports from the Middle East and north Africa to be directed along a 1200km shorter route than previously, and importantly, bypass the Strait of Malacca.

    About 80% of the oil flowing into China has to bypass the strait, which, like the Strait of Hormuz, is seen as a strategic choke point, with China fearing a regional conflict with the US could shut down its oil supply.

    The pipeline should go into operation next year and carry 22 million tonnes of imported crude to China.


    In the Canning,New Standard gets their bit stuck in the hole,Key keeps going.

    New Standard Energy has become stuck while trying to drill ahead at the Gibb Maitland-1 well in the Canning Basin.

    After drilling down to 2900m, it was attempting to pull out of the hole to change the drill bit.

    It said while it would continue to free the drill pipe, it was prepared and able to sidetrack the well with all required equipment and personnel already at the site.


    Key has announced the Cyrene-1 well was drilled ahead to a depth of 346m, reaching the Top Wallal Sandstone.

    Key has a 20% interest in the well, Buru has a 37.5% interest, Mitsubishi has 38.5% and Indigo Oil has 5%.


  6. Looks like Gove gets its gas.

    The Northern Territory Government says it will provide gas for the Rio Tinto-owned alumina refinery at Gove, east of Darwin, provided a number of key conditions are met.

    Rio Tinto has previously said it may have to close the refinery if it cannot replace its expensive diesel supply with cheaper gas.

    The Commonwealth Government will also need to approve a gas pipeline to Gove before the deal can be approved.


    China spends big to develop shale gas industry

    CHINA has mounted a huge investment drive to explore its vast untapped reserves of shale gas in what it hopes could become a repeat of the energy revolution taking place in North America.

    Beijing is hungry to secure its future energy supplies, investing billions of dollars in buying oil and gas assets overseas, as well as ploughing funds into its domestic industry.

    China is thought to hold the world's largest reserves of shale gas, according to the US Energy Information Administration, far outstripping those of North America and potentially enough to meet its energy needs for two centuries.

    Julian Lee, a senior analyst at the Centre for Global Energy Studies in London, said that the Chinese companies awarded contracts would be looking to bring in oil majors with experience of shale drilling.

    "BP - certainly there is interest coming there, they are interested in similar opportunities in Russia. Shell are reasonably well connected in China and I certainly think they would be looking to get a foothold in the emerging shale industry," Mr Lee said.


    Environs Asteroids ?

    Another space company aims to mine asteroids

    A team of entrepreneurs and engineers in the US have unveiled plans for a space mining company that would tap nearby asteroids for raw materials to fuel satellites and manufacture components in orbit.

    Deep Space Industries, based in California, said its inaugural mission is targeted for 2015, when it would send a small hitchhiker spacecraft called Firefly on a six-month expedition to survey an as-yet-unidentified asteroid.

    Most, if not all, are believed to contain water and gases, such as methane, which can be turned into fuel, as well as metals such as nickel, which can be used in three-dimensional printers to manufacture components, according to David Gump, chief executive of Deep Space Industries.

    Mr Gump is a co-founder of three previous space and technology start-ups, including Astrobotic Technology, which is focused on exploration and development of lunar resources.

    (where no Gump has been before)

    Last year Planetary Resources, a Washington-based company backed by high-profile investors including Google executives Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, and advisers like filmmaker James Cameron, announced a program that would begin with small, low-cost telescopes to scout for potentially lucrative asteroids.