Opinion

Australia can no longer dodge responsibility for its fossil fuel exports

By Richie Merzian
August 23 2019 - 2:00pm

If fuelling global carbon pollution with fossil fuel exports was an Olympic sport, Australia would get a podium place. New Australia Institute research shows Australia is the third largest exporter of fossil fuels in the world - behind only Russia and Saudi Arabia. This expansive role in fossil fuels quashes Australia's ability to meet its Paris Agreement targets and causes consternation with our Pacific neighbours. But if you're to believe our federal Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, protecting Australia's national interest means not just maintaining the fossil fuel industry, but expanding it.

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