UK Boosts Shale Gas
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  • AD_Rtr_OS

    “…compensation for their troubles…”
    It seems our British cousins have succumbed to the Liberal Disease of letting their good sense become completely detached from reality – which does explain Attlee, Wilson, and Callaghan.
    If Cameron doesn’t have the good sense to tell those local councils to “Frack Off”, he should resign, and let the country freeze.
    I understand that planning is already underway for the next Thames Frost Faire – the first since 1814!

    • Andrew Allison

      Indeed, to the discomfiture of AGW hysterics, it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that the Thames will freeze over this winter. But don’t confuse ideology with ill-informed NIMBY-ism. All Cameron needs to do is demonstrate the trends in heating pricing in the US and UK. You may be sure that, like the Germans with alternative energy, when the worthies who are opposed to fracking grasp the cost of doing so, they’ll see the light of day.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    The UK should charge a selfishness fee onto all localities energy costs, that refuse the safe shale oil development, make it very painful economically to be stupidly green.

  • S.C. Schwarz

    Regrettably, I’m afraid the battle for public opinion on environmental issues is lost, at least for the moment. I happen to be an environmental engineer specializing in renewable energy, so I have some background on these issues. But when I talk to my friends and relatives, not to mention when I address the public, I find they are completely unresponsive to technical or scientific arguments. These are intelligent people, but they take John Stewart as a main source of news. The media and the academic world have almost completely bought into the green alarmist story, and the public believes them.

    It’s going to have to get much worse before it gets better, if, indeed, it ever gets better.

  • tarentius

    I have followed the British Press quite closely on this issue and the chances of fracking actually proceeding in the UK are 40%, at best. David Cameron is a very unpopular Prime Minister locked into a coalition agreement with a leftist party that is more naturally allied with the Labor Party. Cameron’s only saving grace is that the leader of the opposition and his coalition partner leader are even less popular than he is. There is an incessant drumbeat by the BBC and the tabloid press against fracking and it is seen as being on the same level as genetically modified foods. Therefore, I don’t think fracking has a future in the UK, a second rate power rapidly descending into a third rate one.

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