Getting Offset: Submission re NT Climate Change Discussion Paper

by Tom Swann

The Australia Institute made a submission to the NT Government’s Climate Change Discussion Paper. Emissions from increased NT gas production would dwarf all other sources of NT emissions and threaten Australia’s national targets. Allowing fracking and offsetting its emissions, as promised, is an expensive way to keep emissions stable and could make it harder to reduce emissions. The NT and Commonwealth should develop the policy now with public consultation, not in secret over three years as planned, and ensure offsets are secured by gas companies, not subsidised by taxpayers.

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