The Australien Government has made an ad about Carbon Capture and Storage, and it’s surprisingly honest and informative. #CCS

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This one’s part of our Climate Shitfuckery series in which we picking off each of our government’s (and many governments’) solutions for taking as little serious action as possible on the climate crisis.
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We started with the Kyoto Carryover Credits; then EV policy (FFS); then the infiltration of our science agencies. And in this HGA we look at one of the key pillars in our Government’s “Technology Investment Roadmap” to reach Net Zero: Carbon Capture and Storage aka CCS
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There's more to come and it’s my hope that these HGAs will help improve literacy around climate and energy policy, so that more people are equipped to recognise bullshit "solutions" to the climate crisis when they spot them in the wild - not just in 🇦🇺 but elsewhere too 🌎
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In writing this HGA I've relied heavily on the data and work of experts in the field who've done the heavy lifting when it comes to documenting the long history of failures of CCS - and I'd like to share a few of them here 🤓
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First up @TheAusInstitute which has produced 3 excellent reports on CCS: 1. "Sunk Costs" - documenting CCS's failure to meet every, single, target, even those set by the industry. The Conclusion is stone cold brutal. The authors are killers. I love it. australiainstitute.org.au/wp…
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2. "Money for nothing" - focusing in on the Australian government's experiments with CCS and the eye-watering amounts of $$ that have been sharted away on this bullshit. This shows why CCS is better described as a PR campaign than a technology australiainstitute.org.au/wp…
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And the spending spree continues, here's the latest bunch of CCUS (Note the "Use") projects we’ve just funded - that's our money going to fossil fuel companies instead of renewables and #EVs business.gov.au/grants-and-p…
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And 3. "Gorgon-tuan problem": zooming in even further to Australia's CCS adventures with a closer look at the CCS failfest at Chevron's Gorgon LNG plant in WA. Don't let the pun in the title discourage you from this excellent investigative piece ;) australiainstitute.org.au/wp…
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Thanks so much to @RichieMerzian @AliaArmistead @MarkOgge and others for research assistance & answering many questions so I could better understand this topic 🙏
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Also to @simonahac who first told me about Gorgon & got me to look into it. Simon’s been writing on CCS for a while and has great info on small scale CCS projects that actually do good work (eg cement) – something I hope he’ll elaborate on! reneweconomy.com.au/does-bes…
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Richie & @pollyjhemming also made this perfect hilarious video picking apart @AngusTaylorMP's spin on CCS (Well done Angus great job) 👋 BTW this SpinBin series is a service to society & needs way more people to know about it, check their YouTube channel redirect.invidious.io/watch?v=MGTSAOr5…
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And @PeteMilne4 who worked in the oil and gas industry for 20 years, and now works for the public by exposing the industry’s shitfuckery – such as this incredibly detailed account of Chevron's Gorgon CCS failure boilingcold.com.au/times-up-…
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This is a painful long-form piece on the spectacular failure of the USA's "clean coal" posterchild at the Kemper coal plant, Mississippi - which managed to sink 7.5B on CCS in one of the poorest states in the nation. theguardian.com/environment/…
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I also discovered Chris Vanderstock @cvanderstock's channel about Renewables/Tech: he did a video on CCS here in Australia, which I'm going to give a plug because it was really helpful. I'll be following more of his work. Keep up the great work Chris! redirect.invidious.io/watch?v=iX4LKDkq…
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And my final plug goes to Joel Fitzgibbon @fitzhunter for this terrific example of State Capture & Storage stenography for @GlobalCCS - another major beneficiary of Aussie taxpayers. Articles like this rely on readers not knowing much about CCS. afr.com/policy/energy-and-cl…
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I mean, Gorgon is held up as a success, no mention of it’s repeated failures. And the 65 CCS projects mentioned rely on you not knowing what Enhanced Oil Recovery is, which completely negates the CCS part. It's the kind of bs I hope this HGA will help people to recognise as bs
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Thanks to @yahtzio for creating the awesome CCS animations for this HGA. And to @EllenBurbidge who brought it all to life with usual perfection and who is now finally on twitter ✨
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Of course none of it would be possible w/out our Patrons, who make the Honest Government Ads possible and allow me to spend ridiculous amounts of time researching, writing, editing the videos + paying our team. If you value our work, please join them here: patreon.com/TheJuiceMedia
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I'll be back soon with the podcast companion to this HGA in which we'll discuss CCS, and other bullshit solutions to the climate crisis which will get us all killed, with an expert guest. And the PG version, which I'll post here when it's ready. Till then, take care 💛Giordano
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