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Question Without Notice No. 1289 asked in the Legislative Council on 30 October 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 30 October 2019

GAS EMISSIONS — METHANE

1289. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Leader of the House representing the Premier:

I refer to the Premier's answer to question without notice 1209 and his acknowledgement that methane's global warming potential is 28 to 36 times that of carbon dioxide over the next 100 years.

Given that the Premier has conceded methane, the predominant gas of liquefied natural gas, has a significantly higher global warming potential than carbon dioxide, will the Premier please explain to the house why this government continues to purport that LNG will mitigate human-induced global climate change?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of his question.

The question the member is referring to asked for a comparison between the global warming potential of burning coal and burning liquefied natural gas. As outlined in previous answers, the burning of LNG produces 50 to 60 per cent less carbon dioxide than the burning of coal. Therefore, by definition, the burning of LNG in the place of coal will mitigate climate change.