WEDNESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER, 2013 |
More CSG Greenwashing?
What's been a good way in the past to distance a nasty product from its bad
reputation? Simply change its name.
However, the strategy isn't so effective these days in an increasingly online
world where news travels fast.
According to a report
on the ABC
, a briefing note from the office of Resources Minister Chris
Hartcher suggests changes be made to the way the coal seam gas (CSG) industry
and fuel is described within Government communications and texts.
Instead of the crisp 'CSG' term or 'coal seam gas', it seems Mr. Hartcher would
like to see it referred to as 'natural gas from coal seams' and that references
to coal seam gas or CSG be removed from sentences.
'Natural' may work as an effective greenwashing term for some products; but the
recommended change won't fool many - it will (and has already) just further
incited those dedicated to exposing the many serious issues involved with
extracting the fossil fuel.
In addition to the interruptions to agriculture and potential contamination of
water supplies; according to Zero Emissions and other sources, coal seam gas is
than coal when total lifecycle emissions are taken into
Research recently carried out by scientists at the University of Queensland
determined that not only would a shift from coal-fired to gas-fired electricity
generation in Australia fail to deliver significantly lower carbon dioxide
electricity prices would be higher
than with a renewable energy option.
According to Aidan Ricketts from CSG
Free Northern Rivers
, quoted by the Northern
; the attempt to relabel coal seam gas is “.. just another example of
the government falling in line with industry. They’re trying to get away from
the words which have become poison.”
It would seem changing how CSG is referred to is just a case of
putting lipstick on a particularly filthy and greedy pig.
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