November 19, 2012

A shale revolution?

Writing from an avowedly left-wing viewpoint, Nick Grealy is keen to emphasise how replacing coal with gas can cut CO2 emissions. If it's done that in the US, why not in Europe?

He thinks our "energy experts" are slowly repositioning themselves, so when gas starts making energy cheaper they can say, We (just about) told you so.
On a basic scientific level, we don't know anything more about shale today than was evident two years ago. There's one proven case of water contamination out of 36,000 wells in the US. It won't take up lots of the countryside because people won't put up with it and it's very expensive to drill that way.The earthquakes it may cause will remain as imperceptible as before. Chemicals will be revealed as nothing more dangerous than those lurking under a sink. 400 trucks will pass by but at the rate of one every 20 minutes for three weeks. The earth will be violated, if one's definition of a hole the size of dinner plate going two miles below the surface is Gaia rape. After that we create not underground caverns unleashing the hounds of hell, but fissures measured in millimetres or soon, even microns.
This blog isn't interested in cutting CO2 emissions as temperatures haven't been going up much. But it will probably take "climate experts" even longer than "energy experts" to recant. As for the green campaigners, they will continue to invent arguments to foist their restrictions on us.

Meanwhile, we have to press on to shale gas (which Nick thinks could happen soon after all). We can cut energy costs by ditching the renewables obligations. Voters will feel the financial benefit of that at once, and over the next few years cheaper energy will bring more jobs, as it has in the US. Carbon emissions will fall (so what?), as they have in the US.

The watermelons in Westminster and Brussels won't like it. So what? Maybe we do need a revolution.


James Higham said...

Bring on the energy wars.

A K Haart said...

I think shale may happen, even in the EU. In the end, money talks.

At least I hope it does.

Elby the Beserk said...

Ed Davey, Energy Minister. 1pm news, R4 on Tuesday

Words to this effect

"There's no way that I can reduced the price of natural gas".

I wrote immediately to my MP, asking him whether Davey had even heard of shale gas. Am awaiting answer.

John Page said...

Has your MP heard of it? :)