The Tyndall Centre report The Co-op and irreality

This is an e-mail I’ve sent to the Co-op and the Tyndall Centre today on their  recent shale gas report

 Paul, Chris and others

As I have pointed out before,  I have no argument with the scientific basis for anthropogenic climate change or the necessity of addressing it.  However the recent report from the Tyndall Centre on shale gas should be subjected  to similar scientific rigour, one that it is unfortunately lacking.

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Curing Alberta Shale Gas Syndrome

The example of Alberta is one that should, and probably does, worry countries like Russia, Norway and Algeria.

Only six years ago, the energy experts of Alberta were as complacent as their European colleagues are today: They were on top of the world and the future looked to be one of ever increasing demand and rising prices. Alberta has the highest GDP per head in all of North America. Was Alberta the Canadian Texas?  No, even better it was a Canadian Norway, where oil and gas bankrolled a generous government.  Alberta, if not the rest of the planet, was considered even luckier as they could produce tar sands oil, albeit if they had to cause a lot of damage to do so.  But with oil and gas running out everywhere else,  Alberta saw limitless possibilities as they used to say at Enron.

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Shale Gas: Escaping the past or embracing it

Nobody can accuse me of not being fair and balanced:  First from the UK  Morning Star which accurately describes itself as the only socialist daily newspaper in English:

 The use of controversial shale gas could jeopardise Britain’s climate commitments, experts claimed today.

Environmental campaigners have warned that the effects of shale gas exploration, currently under way in Lancashire, have not been properly assessed.

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Shooting the good news messenger of shale gas

Last night’s House of Commons event was pretty much a waste of time, with the Co-op speaking to the converted.  I tried to address the issues of the safety of fracking, but the Co-op and Caroline Lucas obviously seem to be hardening into the all carbon fuels are evils side. Those issues aren’t mine, I simply want to get rid of the fear and paranoia surrounding shale. But if people are paranoid, as many were, that their government  via the Parliament, the Environment Agency, Lancashire County Council and the US EPA are all out to screw them over, I can’t help with that particular disconnect with reality.

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Ohio’s Elephant oil shale

I’ve been pointing out for years the term “game changing” is so commonly used that we may be approaching game change fatigue: Shale tech itself, LNG exports and the Barnett, Haynesville, Marcellus, Bakken, Horn River, West Permian, Eagle Ford and Duvernay shales are all game changers in North America and we’ve seen Argentina’s Nequen, the Paris Basin, Polish shale, Lancashire’s Bowland, Australia’s Canning Basin, South Africa’s Karoo  all described as game changing.  Oops forgot about China and India shale gas too. Continue reading Ohio’s Elephant oil shale

Saudis: Shale oil reduces energy security hype.

Coming up to this time of year I’m starting to think about the big stories of a year where shale started busting out all over. The problem with getting stories of the year is that many of them, like UK shale, Argentina gas and oil, Bakken oil  and US LNG exports might have hit the conventional media this year but are a year or two old to my readers.

But this story is definitely up there for story of the year. In fact, it’s not too early to say this could be the story of the decade.

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An honest debate on shale gas

We need an honest debate on shale gas says the EU Observer, to which I can only add Amen, and I’m trying.  The author and I share some key themes

Shale gas has undoubtedly been a game-changer in the United States. Over recent decades, the rapid uptake of new innovations such as hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and horizontal drilling has transformed the country from a gas importer to exporter. For years an accompanying debate has been raging in the US concerning the merits and demerits of shale gas.

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National Wildlife Foundation Report on shale

I don’t know if the WWF, the UK based environmental charity that plasters polar bears over their web site works with the US National Wildlife Foundation that plasters wolves and baby grizzly cubs over theirs, but they should.

The NWF has just released a report that may first appear as the usual anti shale narrative

 No More Drilling in the Dark

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Putin’s two problems: The Internet and Shale Gas

An analysis here from the Voice of America , still alive and well, even if it’s no longer on crackly shortwave, and just like the good old days it’s taking digs at Russia.  But a good analysis nevertheless. The first of President Putin 2.0 ‘s two big problems:

 Watch out, Vladimir Vladimorich, as you prepare for your second decade ruling Russia, the ground may be shifting under your feet.

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