Energy corporations and the Philippine government are now on their way to turn Batangas into a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import hub for Southeast Asia, putting the Verde Island Passage under threat. LNG is a liquefied fossil fuel that leaks methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.
According to a study by Climate Analytics, if we are serious about achieving our climate targets, there should be no room for new fossil gas projects in the Philippines. With our nation blessed with abundant renewable energy sources, it begs the question: why do we need fossil gas?
The truth is, we don't. Embracing our renewable energy potential can deliver a multitude of benefits that fossil gas simply cannot match:
Climate action: Fossil gas contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, exacerbating the climate crisis. By prioritizing renewables, we are aligning with global efforts to combat climate change.
Energy security: Relying on imported fossil gas exposes our energy system to price volatility and geopolitical uncertainties. By investing in indigenous renewable energy, we can achieve greater energy independence, bolstering our resilience and reducing the vulnerability of our energy supply.
Cost-effectiveness: Renewable energy costs have been steadily decreasing, making them increasingly competitive with fossil fuels. Shifting towards renewables can provide long-term cost savings for consumers and businesses alike, relieving the burden of high electricity bills.
Sustainable development: Transitioning to a clean energy future creates opportunities for job creation, local economic growth, and technological innovation. It allows us to build a sustainable energy sector that benefits our communities and protects the health of our environment.
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