"The Albanese government has this week thrown its support behind what’ll be one
of Australia’s most polluting developments: the Scarborough-Pluto gas project
in Western Australia.
Our analysis last year found the full Scarborough-Pluto project will emit
almost 1.4 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases over its lifetime. That’s over
three times Australia’s current annual emissions, and around 14 times WA’s
We calculate that the emissions from this project and all of its related
activities will add about 41 megatonnes per year to Australia’s national
emissions by 2030. That is a materially relevant number – it’s nearly 7% of our
emissions in 2005, which is the year we use as a baseline for emissions
To put it another way, it’s nearly twice as much as the emissions avoided by
all the rooftop solar panels in Australia each year.
It comes as the new minister for climate and energy Chris Bowen yesterday
reiterated his commitment to Labor’s 2030 climate target of reducing
Australia’s emissions by 43% on 2005 levels.
But as Bowen doubled down on this vow, the new resources minister, Madeleine
King, was reassuring the gas giants their climate-wrecking projects were here
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