Shale Gas News and Information
Arguing with the laws of physics
- Written by Nick Grealy
One of the frustrations in dealing with fractivists is that although they and I start on a scientific basis where I say if the overwhelming majority of scientists say climate change is real that's good enough for me, the antsi start losing all science in increasingly bizarre disaster scenarios.
The Howarth study from Cornell is a prime example. Held up by the likes of Caroline Lucas, the Guardian and the FOE as indisputable fact, the reality is that the somewhat far fetched theory has been rejected by at least half a dozen other studies. Just the other day, Howarth was refusing to admit defeat:
"Even with the regulations, the greenhouse gas footprint of shale gas will remain larger than that of coal, when viewed over an integrated 20-year time period following emission to the atmosphere, because of the methane emissions (even though reduced)," the joint statement read.
Global Shale Gas
- Written by Nick Grealy
If you haven't been paying attention, the topic of shale gas is hot and getting hotter. But at No Hot Air, I've been posting on shale since August 2008, back when the conventional wisdom said that UK gas was running out prices would soar. That gave a rationale for investment in what are now dead man walking industries: nuclear, coal CCS and gas storage are three. Who's next?
Global Shale Gas, No Hot Air's launch report tells you all you need know. We're targeted at investors, utilities, energy companies and regulators. I do offer public sector and non-profit discounts, just ask.
Click on Global Shale Gas: What Now? What Next? for further information including sample pages and pricing.
Few resources are available on shale in a global context. This report provides information, analysis and opinion that comes from No Hot Air's two year plus experience with shale gas.
The report discusses realities, not myths on environmental and commercial issues. We think that the impact of shale gas is going to be positive for almost all of us, with the planet and the economy at the top of the list.
But any private or public enterprise needs to update energy policy based on today's reality, not the past view of insecure, expensive and dirty energy.
My background as an energy consultant taught me that the easiest way to make lots of money was to create fear among potential clients that energy is volatile, insecure and generally a lot of work.
It isn't. Anyone who tries to tell you different, is selling you something far more expensive than the good news of shale gas.
But for those who like problems, a key conclusion is that anyone who is not properly informed on energy reality is going to either waste a lot of money solving problems they don't actually have or will have problems when their competitors figure out the new energy paradigm and they don't.