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What the world needs now is most definitely not a new fossil fuel lobby group - especially one that talks about 'climate awareness' while promoting increased gas use throughout Asia.

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ANGEA has been released to the world, announcing its arrival at a major LNG conference in Japan.

The group is founded by Chevron, ExxonMobil, Santos and Mitsubishi as well as Japan's largest gas company, Jera and Korea's SK E&S.

SK E&S says it is a 'global leader for eco friendly energy' but it is also spending $1.4bn on Australia's most polluting gas development.

JERA has bankrolled four of Australia's major gas developments and is the biggest buyer of our LNG.

So why start a new lobby group?
ANGEA is about making sure that gas, not renewables, replaces coal power across Asia. 

Its site says, 'Working together as a cohesive centralised advocacy body will help ensure the long-term future of natural gas and other low carbon energy sources in the Asia Pacific region’s energy mix'.

It analyses the policies of different countries and notes that some, tragically, have 'no gas import facilities'.

Of course, if a country spends a fortune on large gas infrastructure, it will ensure gas use is locked in for decades.

And the group talks a lot about 'lower carbon' but makes no mention of methane, which is a much more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

The keynote speaker at the LNG Producer Consumer Conference, where ANGEA was announced, was Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency. He reminded delegates about their two big responsibilities: to reduce methane emissions and to move away from gas. 


We've got our first look at News Corp's apparent green awakening and it's a mixed start.

The campaign was first leaked to Nine Newspapers as an about turn for the media giant which has long promoted climate denial and inaction. 

Interestingly, the campaign is positioned as an appeal to put workers, families and Australians 'first'. This is the positioning preferred by former Prime Minister John Howard - that we should only take climate action if Australian's aren't worse off.  The difference now is that they are promoting Australia as a potential winner in the new economy - a significant shift.

Another positive change - calling out big carbon polluters. However this greenwashing article ignores scope 3 emissions, ignores some of these companies' massive expansion plans, and gives brownie points for insufficient abatement measures, such as planting trees.

And the campaign also comes with some fossil fuel advertising.

An editorial in the Australian calls for net zero by 2050, but ignores 2030, even after the Business Council of Australia called for reductions of up to 50% by 2030. Infuriatingly, it also positions net zero as a mere political dilemma of, "How best to pacify the extremists on the left and the right while delivering a credible policy that satisfies a modern, mainstream Australia." No mention of science or impacts of global heating.

And Andrew Bolt rubbishes a 2030 targets in today's Daily Telegraph.

While on Sky News Australia, a net zero goal is being called "horrific" and Chris Kenny's documentary on net zero is nothing but a hit job on renewables and an argument for 'clean' nuclear energy, which would take decades to produce - during which we could move to cheaper renewables.

As predicted, this campaign provides political cover for the Morrison government to announce a net zero by 2050 goal, kicking the can down the road and delaying the dramatic pollution cuts we need this decade. 

Publishers, advertisers and creators will no longer be able to make money from climate denial on YouTube.

Google, YouTube's owners, said it was because of pressure from advertisers and creators.

'Advertisers simply don’t want their ads to appear next to this content. And publishers and creators don’t want ads promoting these claims to appear on their pages or videos.'

Content referring to climate change as a hoax or a scam, claims denying that the global climate is warming, and claims denying that greenhouse gas emissions or human activity contributes to climate change, will all be subject to the change.

Here are some Sky News Australia videos to start with. 

Adam Bolt: We can't trust scientists saying coral reefs are bleaching 
Chris Kenny: There's no link between climate change and droughts or the Black Summer Bushfires
Rowan Dean: The IPCC report was fearmongering.
Alan Jones: Carbon dioxide is not a problem.

Advertisers on those clips include Headspace, Buyalength, Nordic Track and Life Interiors.

In a few months Google maps in Australia will soon show you the most carbon-friendly car routes and air quality. In America and the E.U, they are also showing the carbon intensity of flights and the sustainability measures of hotels.

You could almost forgive Google for developing AI to help big oil. 

1. The PVI Collective for running the 'Artwash awards' for big polluters. Voting is open!

2. Chris Kenny (yes, that's right) for calling bullshit on the Mineral Council's Tania Constable, as she tried to say coal mining can be net zero goal by 2050 thanks to technology. Kenny replied with, "The coal industry's pathway to net zero is to shut itself down, that's what I'm saying, and that's what reality tells us."

3Myriam Robin in the AFR for calling out EY for working with APPEA and the Investor Group on Climate Change and coming up with conflicting predictions on the future of gas for each.
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