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Vietnam Natural Gas Plans Clash with Climate Fears

Vietnam repeatedly calls itself one of the countries that would be most devastated if climate change worsens, but it is also preparing to import liquefied natural gas (LNG), which emits the greenhouse gases that accelerate climate change. Rather than drastically boost renewable energy, Vietnam plans to start using LNG for the first time in 2020, a decision that highlights how hard it is for countries to balance energy costs with environmental protection. While emissions resulting from LNG extraction, production and use are low compared to other fossil fuels, its increasing usage means it will be the biggest source of carbon emission growth by 2025 according to the energy consultancy Woods Mackenzie. Le Van Luc at the Ministry of Industry and Trade explains that, as the economy grows quickly, domestic energy supplies can not keep up with the need for more electricity. “You could see that for Vietnam, our country used to produce and export energy for many years,” said Luc, deputy director of electricity and renewable energy at the ministry. “However, in 2015, we became a net energy importer, especially of coal and natural gas.” The communist country of 100 million people is not alone. Other United Nations members gathering for climate talks in Poland this week face similar challenges, from the yellow vest protesters in France angered by fuel price hikes, to the U.S. officials trying to convince U.N. colleagues in side events that coal can be clean. Elsewhere in Southeast Asia, as well, peers like Indonesia and Thailand intend to burn ever more coal, despite also fearing the threat of climate change. For Vietnam, LNG is making its debut in part because policymakers believe there are limits to renewable energy. Luc said that the country is reaching the upper limit of the hydro power it can get from... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Vietnam Natural Gas Plans Clash with Climate Fears, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Vietnam Natural Gas Plans Clash with Climate Fears

 

 

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Published By: VOA NEWS - Tuesday, 18 December

 

 

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