Shipping is the new frontier in climate change fight

Ikea, among others, exploring new fuels as stiffer standards kick in next year

The Baltic icebreaker Polaris is the first icebreaker to run on natural gas, which is less polluting than the usual diesel fuel. The maritime industry is adopting more environmentally friendly measures.
The Baltic icebreaker Polaris is the first icebreaker to run on natural gas, which is less polluting than the usual diesel fuel. The maritime industry is adopting more environmentally friendly measures.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

This week, a website for something calling itself the Coalition for American Energy Security suddenly materialised in cyberspace - complete with a hyperactive Twitter account dispatching messages about regulation and pollution.

Since this lobby group is directly and indirectly supported by big energy, steel and shipping companies (including BP, Exxon and Marathon) you might guess that it hates intrusive environmental controls and supports US President Donald Trump's pledge to rip them up.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2019, with the headline 'Shipping is the new frontier in climate change fight'. Subscribe