25 Sep '14, 11pm

The Saudi Arabia of the South Pacific

The Saudi Arabia of the South Pacific

Did we mention that Australians’ per-capita carbon emissions are the highest of any major developed country in the world ? Welcome to the Saudi Arabia of the South Pacific. No, Australia isn’t a theocracy, and oil isn’t the source of its fossil-fuel riches. But it is the world’s second-largest exporter of coal and third-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas, and minerals and fuels account for nearly 50 percent of its export revenues . Its per-capita carbon emissions actually exceed those of Saudi Arabia. And its behavior of late is beginning to bear an ugly resemblance to those petro-states whose governments seem to exist chiefly to guarantee the spectacular profits of the fossil-fuel industry.

Full article: http://grist.org/climate-energy/the-saudi-arabia-of-the-s...

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