No Fracking Anywhere doesn’t help the earth. It hurts it.

Today, Ryedale Against Fracking and others are protesting in London to support the Friends of the Earth case against North Yorkshire County Council’s approval of the Third Energy project to use fracking on a twenty year old current “conventional” gas well pad.

They started with a demonstration outside chanting “No Fracking in North Yorkshire. No Fracking Anywhere

Although some protestors are evidently merely selfish,  content to displace gas production to others while happy to ignore their own consumption, there are others who see more natural gas production as part of a wider issue that makes it harmful for climate change. Continue reading No Fracking Anywhere doesn’t help the earth. It hurts it.

The new normal: UK shale gas becomes boring

Three things happened in UK shale last week, but the most important thing is nothing happened.  Even worse than the paper tigers of shale opponents in UK who are in fact increasingly isolated, is the lazy shorthand of investment analysts who also seek to write off UK shale before it starts, often because of their perceptions of a public uproar over onshore gas and oil.  The reality is a yawn.

Firstly, we had Francis Egan of Cuadrilla appearing before House of Lords. This was the only one that I think should have got some airplay or column inches, because it went a long way to showing what UK shale 2017 and beyond will look like, not the 2008 to 2011. As it was , it was only given space at the fracking information (almost invariably negative) site Drill or Drop.   Continue reading The new normal: UK shale gas becomes boring

Scottish gas use enables Nigeria’s climate kleptocrats.

Many  problems surrounding energy and climate could be solved with some energy literacy, but as I’ve pointed out before, what seems like magic to some people is in reality very complicated.

Magical thinking is especially prevalent in Scotland. That lovely country is blessed with wind resources, sometimes enough to produce all of Scottish electricity demand.  Sometimes not though, and there surely isn’t much solar at that latitude. This time of year, there is only 7 hours and 45 minutes of daylight.  But the anti-shale movement and keep it in the ground movement  is stronger in Scotland than anywhere. That’s bizarre given that North Sea  oil and gas revenues provides the only rationale for Scottish Independence.  Just as baffling is the import of Ineos ethane from Philadelphia (and of course from Pennsylvania) despite huge volumes of shale gas literally in the basement of the plant. A plant which is one of Scotland’s largest employers and which has received £230 million diverted from renewables and efficiency from the Scottish Government to build the tank infrastructure.  Most, if not all of the tanks wouldn’t be needed if the gas field under the plant would be allowed to be drilled. Continue reading Scottish gas use enables Nigeria’s climate kleptocrats.

Did Josh Fox put Donald Trump in the White House?

Which noisy New Yorker, product of a privileged family, blocked Hillary Clinton’s route to the Oval Office?  No, not that one.

Josh Fox was director of Gasland, a documentary on the effects of US fracking filmed in 2009. The film spawned the anti-fracking movement first in the US, and then in Europe, most especially in France and the UK. He certainly helped elect Trump by energising the anti fracking forces around the Bernie Sanders no fracking at all supporters to either stay home or vote for Doctor Jill Stein the Green Party candidate. Continue reading Did Josh Fox put Donald Trump in the White House?

Global shale: When does inevitable work for you?

The key lesson of the past 15 years for energy was how the sleepy, if vitally important, field of energy economics was disrupted so thoroughly and so quickly.  Comparisons have been made between shale and the internet. Both are often described as “paradigm shifts”, ‘disruptors’ or simply as inflection points.  The internet, in only twenty or so years has changed everything.  It made entire industries irrelevant and killed off some entirely. The Kodak moment for shale was slow in coming but it’s finally here. Almost no one, apart from Peter Strachan in Oil Voice recently, still can’t get how the industry of today makes expertise of yesterday increasingly irrelevant.  Continue reading Global shale: When does inevitable work for you?