18 December 2012 — In his book What The Frack, journalist Paddy Manning looks at the new $50 billion industry that has created battlegrounds around Australia: grazing country, cropping country, state forest, water catchment areas, rural-residential and even urban areas. Nowhere appears to be off limits for it.

Manning says that the coal seam gas industry is advancing steadily with support of both parties, despite voters, or at least those in Queensland, saying the industry should be stopped.

“It is a stark illustration, if another was needed, of the grip on power the fossil fuel industry has in this country. How gutless most of our politicians really are,” he says.

Read more about CGS, LNG and the food supply in Leon Gettler’s Green MashUp: It’s the food supply, stupid.