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Minister: Don’t give Beetaloo frackers a free pass to pollute

Tamboran's plans to frack the NT would blow up the Albanese Government's signature climate target and policy - the Safeguard Mechanism.

Frackers would destroy Traditional Owners' land and water, and unleash heat-trapping methane, driving up Australia's climate pollution by as much as 13%.3, 4

That's why frackers like Tamboran want to derail the conversation, pushing for loopholes in the law to avoid actually cutting pollution.5

Key Labor ministers need to hear from people like you so they can understand that Beetaloo fracking would be devastating for their credibility – and for our climate. Will you take two minutes to write a quick email?
We can't let polluting gas corporations write our climate laws – and get a free pass.

Labor needs the Greens and independent senators to pass the legislation, so negotiations are live on how strong the laws are. Our voices must be stronger than the vested interests.

The CEO of fracking corporation Tamboran claimed a huge gas expansion is good for our climate. He even went so far as to blame activists for climate change.1

The gas industry is in overdrive, trying to distract from the true scale of pollution that would be caused by Beetaloo fracking.

And it's clear why.

The government wants to pass crucial big polluter laws – known as the Safeguards Mechanism – within weeks, requiring industry to reduce pollution every year to hit Labor's 43% target.2

Right now, it's the staunch and consistent demands of Traditional Owners and communities up against the powerful vested interests in the fossil fuel industry.
Gas lobbyists are working overtime to hoodwink busy lawmakers with increasingly ridiculous greenwashing.7, 8.

Meanwhile, Tamboran is pretending they can "offset" the massive pollution from Beetaloo fracking — which experts this week slammed as "wildly unrealistic" and "nonsense".9, 10

There's no way for the government to meet its pollution reduction target while giving a free pass to massive new gas projects like Beetaloo fracking.11
No new fossil fuels

New gas projects like Beetaloo fracking would derail the Safeguards Mechanism and force other sectors to do all the work. The government cannot meet its 43% target while allowing massive new gas projects. New gas and coal projects should not be allowed.

We need climate integrity - not unlimited offsets

The biggest climate polluters must actually cut pollution under the Safeguard Mechanism, and not buy unlimited offsets. The public expects integrity in climate policies. Carbon offsets must not be used for gas and coal producers.

Beetaloo offsets plan is not credible

Independent experts say gas industry claims they can offset pollution from the Beetaloo Basin are "wildly unrealistic" and "nonsense." So-called "carbon capture and storage" projects have failed to reduce pollution in Australia and overseas.

Beetaloo fracking is a climate bomb

If allowed to destroy Traditional Owners' land and water, fracking gas fields in the Northern Territory's Beetaloo Basin would drive up Australia's climate pollution by up to 13%, according to RepuTex modelling.

Gas is a climate disaster

Methane gas traps 80 times more heat over 20 years than carbon dioxide. Scientists warn it must be rapidly reduced. The gas industry claims gas is compatible with a livable future, but this is false.
References: [1] Offsetting Beetaloo Basin emissions would require unproven CCS technology, off-limits international credits, CSIRO finds, ABC News, 11 February 2023. [2] Analysis of Beetaloo Gas Basin Emissions, RepuTex, 10 October 2021. [3] Climate groups fear a key government policy to drive down emissions will instead push them up, ABC News, 11 February 2023. [4] Banning gas would drive an emissions explosion, The Australian, 21 February 2023. [5] Bruising fight looms over Labor's emissions policy, Australian Financial Review, 13 February 2023. [6] Media Release: Oil and gas industry to work with government on safeguard mechanism, APPEA, 18 August 2022. [7] See reference 1. [8] Tamboran CEO Joel Riddle, LinkedIn, 11 February 2023. [9] See reference 1. [10] 'Grave mistake': climate scientists issue dire warning over Beetaloo Basin fracking plans, The Guardian, 23 September 2021.

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If allowed to destroy Traditional Owners’ land and water, fracking gas fields in the Northern Territory's Beetaloo Basin would drive up Australia’s climate pollution by up to 13%, according to RepuTex modelling.
New gas projects like Beetaloo fracking would derail the Safeguards Mechanism and force other sectors to do all the work. The government cannot meet its 43% target while allowing massive new gas projects. New gas and coal projects should not be allowed.
Methane gas traps 80 times more heat over 20 years than carbon dioxide. Scientists warn it must be rapidly reduced. The gas industry claims gas is compatible with a livable future, but this is false.
The biggest climate polluters must actually cut pollution under the Safeguard Mechanism, and not buy unlimited offsets. The public expects integrity in climate policies. Carbon offsets must not be used for gas and coal producers.
Independent experts say gas industry claims they can offset pollution from the Beetaloo Basin are “wildly unrealistic” and “nonsense.” So-called “carbon capture and storage” projects have failed to reduce pollution in Australia and overseas.
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