Firstly, the choice is not about shale, fracking or onshore natural gas instead of renewable energy. It’s quite obviously both and the example of the surging renewable investment in the US shows how natural gas isn’t crowding out green energy. Texas for example has both a lot of wind and a lot of gas. Both get along just fine. Think of Texas’s power grid as one big hybrid.
I’ve noted before how the US industry failure to separate fracking from politics endangers the shale industry worldwide. However legion the failures the UK approach has had, they have always tried to reach out to every political party.
Over the years I’ve met people from all sides of the debate from extreme right to extreme left, from Nick Griffin through Nigel Lawson, Ed Davey, Ed Miliband through to José Bové and many in between throughout the UK, Europe and beyond. Fracking remains such a sensitive issue that it would be counter-productive to name them all. It would be even worse to name several rational environmentalists throughout the world I reach out to since, as a liberal in the American sense, energy, climate, and politics, affect us all.