Saturday, January 26, 2013

Wheatstone emissions ruling confuses - The West Australian

Wheatstone emissions ruling confuses - The West Australian:
Environment Minister Bill Marmion has injection confusion into the issue of pollution restrictions on Chevron's Wheatstone LNG project, claiming he would seek Federal intervention if the development boosted WA's greenhouse gas emissions beyond a certain amount.

It emerged this week Mr Marmion had disregarded Environmental Protection Authority advice and removed conditions on Wheatstone that would have forced Chevron to keep carbon emissions below 0.26 tonnes for every tonne of LNG produced and be scrutinised by independent assessors who would make their findings public.


  1. Total Insanity.

    So much for Carbon Sequestration.

    Marmion agrees with Chevron that pollution restrictions are for the Federal Government.

    The Federal Government agrees with the oil and gas companies that pollution restrictions (ie carbon tax) should not apply to them.

    Another total farce!

  2. Lord Stern, author of the government-commissioned review on climate change that became the reference work for politicians and green campaigners, now says he underestimated the risks, and should have been more "blunt" about the threat posed to the economy by rising temperatures.

    .." The planet and the atmosphere seem to be absorbing less carbon than we expected, and emissions are rising pretty strongly. Some of the effects are coming through more quickly than we thought then."

    The Stern review, published in 2006, pointed to a 75% chance that global temperatures would rise by between two and three degrees above the long-term average; he now believes we are "on track for something like four ".

    "This is potentially so dangerous that we have to act strongly. Do we want to play Russian roulette with two bullets or one? These risks for many people are existential."

    Stern's comments came as Jim Yong Kim, the new president of the World Bank, also at Davos, gave a grave warning about the risk of conflicts over natural resources should the forecast of a four-degree global increase above the historical average prove accurate.

    "There will be water and food fights everywhere," Kim said as he pledged to make tackling climate change a priority of his five-year term.


    Green cars kill.

    Diesel fumes are significantly more damaging to health than those from petrol engines, according to research which shows that related air pollution contributes to lung disease, heart attacks, asthma and other respiratory problems.

    The findings, published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, are an embarrassment for successive governments, which have encouraged a switch to diesel since 2001 by linking road and company car tax to CO2 emissions. Diesel engines have been billed as "green" by car makers...


    BP had the "Lockerbie Bomber" released so they could build a pipeline in Libya -

    NOW they employ the brother of the regional leader of AL-QAEDA for their trucking contract !

    Algeria hostage crisis: BP and partners 'used transport company owned by terrorist's brother'
    The Algerian gas plant where 37 foreign hostages were murdered last weekend had employed a trucking company owned by the brother of the regional leader of al-Qaeda, it was claimed last night.

    The allegation will reinforce claims that the terrorist group had used inside information to breach security and seize the complex. It raises serious concerns that foreign workers were not sufficiently protected in one of the world's most dangerous trouble spots.

    BP, which ran the plant in a consortium with the Norwegian energy company Statoil and the Algerian state-owned Sonatrach, said last night it was aware of the allegations that a transportation contract had been handed to a company run by the Ghediri family. The owner's brother, Mohamed Ghediri - better known as Abdelhamid Abou Zeid - is the leader of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which is one of the terrorist organisations waging war with the French for control of northern Mali.

    Abou Zeid is, according to experts, one of the "most violent and radical" terrorist leaders operating across the Sahara and is linked to several kidnappings and executions of Europeans in the region.

    According to a report in the Algerian newspaper Liberté, a respected journal whose security editor is known for his contacts both with terrorists and with the local security services, the joint venture running the plant had "used a business which transported goods and which belonged to the Ghediri family - which is none other than the brother of Abou Zeid, the chief of AQIM in the south".

    The newspaper claimed: "It [the trucking company] had at least 30 trailer trucks which had been used at the In Amenas site for at least three years but also was equally involved in logistical transport between accommodation blocks and other BP sites.