Latin America

Argentina gambles on natural gas despite climate commitments

The Alberto Fernández administration wants to significantly expand Argentina’s pipeline network after sharp growth in natural gas production in Vaca Muerta

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Vaca Muerta fields in Argentina’s Neuquén province. Photo: Sobrevolando Patagonia/Shutterstock

Despite its emissions reduction targets, Argentina is doubling down on hydrocarbon production. Besides increasing fossil fuel subsidies, the government is moving forward with the expansion of a pipeline system to transport gas from the Vaca Muerta shale oil fields.

“We can become an energy exporter. We have the resources, as Vaca Muerta is the world’s second-largest gas reserve, a key fuel in the framework of the energy transition,” said President Alberto Fernández, back at the opening of the current legislature in March.

However, environmental organizations claim that such plans are incompatible with Argentina’s commitments to reduce emissions, saying instead that...

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