Today, 24th December, the book “Survival” can be downloaded free. Today, you can read, for free, a chapter on shale gas which is a balanced view of what was known at the time, and that things have not changed much. No doubt, today or shortly, there will be howls of anger and disagreement from the anti’s in the groups who purport to stand up for the “environment” and some will post rude comments on Amazon and wherever. Well, they are entitles to deny the facts and be generally bigoted. The truth is that, in isolation, they are partly right; shale gas, if we had the option, would be best left in the ground and we would use “renewable” fuels. Unfortunately, that is only part of the truth. The Earth is already grossly over-populated and people need food and energy. The UN says that around 10 million (yes, 100,000,000) people in central Africa are on the edge of starving to death. (Not a nice way to die.) Food production takes energy. Electric cars need electricity. We need these things now, not at some time a few decades down the line. Shale gas is a transition fuel with a clean burn. We need to bridge the gap. We need it to close the national debt before we become another Greece.. We need the jobs. We need to use shale to re-build an economy which currently is superficially still OK but is actually sliding downwards quite quickly. We need to use shale gas as a step in generating a genuinely sustainable economy and environment. We need to all pull in the same direction to do that. Would that we had leadership that could create that vision and lead us into it.
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd 24 Dec 17