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Trigger happy response to activist campaign

The rush to appeal to (and in some cases appease) activist groups during election campaigns is a common phenomenon, but sometimes that rush can lead to unintended consequences.

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‘Gas-to-diesel’ innovation could fuel economic and environmental benefits for the NT

Natural gas has been a boon for the Northern Territory – delivering reliable, affordable power and a substantial contribution to economic output and Government coffers. Now the NT is looking at another way to make gas work for it.

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‘Renewables race’ leaves consumers behind

ERIC Director Steve Wright takes a look at the potential impact of the latest push for a rapid transition to renewable energy.

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Memo meme makers: CSG does not equal BTEX

Anti-gas activists love to use emotive memes to communicate overblown, and often misleading claims.

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Confusing analysis arrives at a garbled conclusion

An economic analysis released this weeks claims that the North East Gas Interconnector is ‘likely to fail’. But what’s the real story?

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Opinion: why gas has more grunt than wind

ERIC Director Steve Wright comments on the ongoing debate about electricity pricing.

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‘New’ mapping tool anything but

Lock the Gate’s latest scaremongering campaign – claiming that more than 37% of Australia is covered by coal and gas licenses and applications – contains absolutely no new data, instead, presenting existing data in a misleading way. It’s no secret that coal and gas licenses and applications exist, and yes, there are large parts of […]

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Activists lack evidence; told to do some good for the environment

The credibility of anti-fossil fuel activists took a major blow in the closing days of Federal Parliament – and there could be significant ongoing impact.

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Senate inquiry interim report fails to back sensationalist claims

With the impending dissolution of the Senate ahead of this year’s election, the Committee looking into Unconventional Gas Mining handed down its interim report this week.

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The ‘secret’ CSG chemical that wasn’t

Regional newspapers in Northern New South Wales and Queensland came out with an exclusive investigation last week, claiming ‘secrecy’ over a chemical compound allegedly used in coal seam gas exploration and production. But what’s the real story?

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Offshore inquiry should focus on facts, not fear campaigns

A group of Senators will try and second guess the nation’s offshore regulator after deciding to set up an inquiry into plans for offshore oil and gas development in the Great Australian Bight.

"Gas — conventional and unconventional — plays an important role in the Australian economy. Gas accounts for nearly one-quarter of primary energy consumption, one-fifth of electricity generation, and is one of Australia’s highest valued commodity exports.”

Energy in Australia 2015