Shale Gas

Britain Must Invest in 100% Renewables Before The Lights Go Out

Zion Lights | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Politics
Zion Lights

In 2007 Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the following: 'There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.' Last year, Thorsten Heins, CEO of BlackBerry said: 'In five years I don't think there'll be a reason to have a tablet anymore.' There is a trend here which suggests that people are notoriously bad at predicting the future even in their own fields of expertise.

The Time Is Now to Move Away From Russian Gas

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Politics
Anders Lorenzen

When countries set out their cases for energy independence, the main reason is generally cited as the need to ease reliance on oil and gas from unfriendly places. President Barack Obama's 'All of the Above' energy strategy for example, a plan that has seen this US administration extract more fossil fuels than any other, is very much predicated on the need to lessen oil imports from Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Jack of All Trades, Master of None

Peter Rolton | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Rolton

The current governmental landscape betrays a belief that it is possible to run with the hare and the hounds ad infinitum when it comes to energy, and this simply isn't the case. Giving with one hand and taking with the other not only demonstrates a disingenuous attitude that further belittles trust, it also harms investment and makes us less competitive on the world stage.

Russia Is Losing Its Grip on European Energy Supply

David Clark | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Politics
David Clark

Russia pulled off a major diplomatic coup in November by inducing Ukraine to abandon its proposed association agreement with the EU, the consequences of which are currently being played out on the streets of Kiev. But it would wrong to assume that Russia now calls all the shots in relations with its ex-Soviet neighbour...

Shale Gas: Make Polluters Pay for the Social Cost of Fracking

The Conversation UK | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

The government's "sweeteners", of 1% of shale gas revenues to local communities and handing local authorities all of the business rates arising from shale gas wells, can be seen as a financial compensation for the disruption fracking will cause locally. The introduction of climate change taxation would tackle the far greater global disruption that the climate effects of shale gas would otherwise bring.

With or Without Fracking, Decarbonisation Remains the Best Bet for Britain

Nick Molho | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Molho

This week's announcements on fracking, including David Cameron's pledge to "go all out on shale gas", triggered yet another shale gas frenzy in the UK media. Yet, despite all the hype and the announcement of better benefits for communities hosting shale gas projects, nothing has fundamentally changed when it comes to the likely impacts of shale gas on the UK's energy market.

Cameron's Fracking 'Bribe' To Cuts-Hit Councils

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

The Government has renewed its push to promote controversial "fracking" for shale gas, as French energy giant Total confirmed it was investing in the ...

What Alice in Wonderland Can Teach Us About Resource Scarcity

Dustin Benton | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dustin Benton

Raising resource productivity will require a refocusing of industrial effort, capital allocation and innovation. Given time, this may happen on its own, but system change is hard, and there is plenty of inertia which keeps the economy linear.

Shale Gas: A Measured Approach to an Issue That Divides Public Opinion

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Two countries, two approaches to shale gas extraction. Fracking has helped the US overtake Russia as the world's biggest natural gas producer. In France, however, the constitutional court ruled earlier this month that a government's ban on shale gas drilling was legal and not disproportionate.

Shale Gas Dispute - Not All It's Fracked Up To Be

Richard Bridger | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Bridger

The debate over fracking seems to have excited a great deal of people. It's an existential crisis at the heart of the Conservative Party. It will 'threaten God's glorious creation'. It will reduce energy prices. Or maybe not... Is fracking really such a contentious issue? Yes and no.

'You Must Accept Fracking For Cash'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK

Communities should be "compelled" to accept fracking, solar farms and wind turbines, with those who do getting "significant cash benefit", Tory MP Tim...

David Cameron and Shale Gas

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Politics
Anders Lorenzen

David Cameron needs to get away from the fantasy that fracking would lead to lower energy prices and stop using the US as an example. He should know that the gas market on the other side of the Atlantic is different than in Europe. Even if the UK was to extract large amounts of cheap gas from fracking, it would not lead to cheaper energy bills...

'Frack The North!'

PA | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK

Campaign group Friends of the Earth has dismissed comments made by the head of a shale gas exploration company calling for the Midlands and the North ...

Is Osborne Inadvertently Re-Energising the UK's Environmental Movement?

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Politics
Anders Lorenzen

When George Osborne recently unveiled the world's most generous tax breaks for shale gas extraction in the UK, in a desperate effort to kick start the shale industry here, he might have inadvertently sowed the seed for the largest environmental movement the UK has seen in decades.

Fracking Isn't a Fairytale, It's a Nightmare

Natalie Bennett | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

There has been grave concern in the US about the chemicals used in fracking, which don't have to be declared there. We can only hope for more transparency on the issue of water contamination from fracking in the UK.

Chancellor Unveils Tax Breaks For Fracking

PA | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK

The Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled tax breaks for controversial fracking in a bid to create the "most generous" regime for shale gas in the wo...

Shale Gas: The Latest Bandaid for UK Energy Supply

Peter Rolton | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK
Peter Rolton

f the UK runs with shale drilling at the expense of getting its act together with an energy mix that works towards true sustainability, it only makes things more difficult further down the line.

There Might Be More Gas Than We Thought But That's No Reason to Burn It

Keith Taylor | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Politics
Keith Taylor

Research on shale gas reserves by the British Geological Survey has bolstered George Osborne's dream of bringing about a new dash for gas in Britain. The survey looked at the amount of gas trapped underneath Lancashire and Yorkshire, and it found lots of the stuff.

Fracking 'May Not Reduce High Energy Bills' Say MPs

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK

Fracking for shale gas is not guaranteed to provide the "silver bullet" needed to solve Britain's high energy bill woes, according to MPs. Although...

To Frack or Not to Frack? - Earth Scientists Drive a Debate on Controversial 'Fracking' for Shale Gas

Professor Dougal Jerram | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Tech
Professor Dougal Jerram

What does 'fracking' mean to you? A slang version of a swear word used as to avoid censorship? A new dance wave hitting the discothèques? Or a potential solution to the demand for gas over the next 200 years?

Without Shale Gas, We're Fracked

Jack Bradshaw | Posted 31.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Bradshaw

Is a dash for gas the answer? Gas is the cleanest of the three fossil fuels and emits only half as much CO2 as coal. Estimates vary on the amount of shale gas available, but the consensus is that we have enough for over 100 years, supplying at least a quarter of our energy needs in that time.

Poland's New Dissidents

Dimiter Kenarov | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK
Dimiter Kenarov

In the minds of many Polish politicians and the majority of the public, shale gas is not so much an economic windfall, or a new industry promising employment, or an alternative source of fossil fuels, but a mythological weapon against a mythological enemy, a gargantuan pepper spray against the bad Russian bear.

The Frack Farce

Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK Politics
Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

The UK government's decision to resume fracking has been welcomed by the oil industry, and widely lambasted by environmental campaigners. But to a large extent the debate about the potential of shale gas in this country has completely missed the point.

A Good Autumn Statement, but the Economic Future Still Hangs in the Balance

Graeme Leach | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK Politics
Graeme Leach

Osborne can give himself a pat on the back - the Autumn Statement was a tricky job, well done. Of course, that doesn't let the Chancellor entirely off the hook. There are still threats to his prospects of eventual success.

Getting Under the Surface of Shale Gas Extraction

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 26.01.2013 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Shale gas extractions offers tantalising prospects but any rush to get there without taking the necessary precautions could lead us to repent at leisure.