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How To Properly Beat Climate Change – Get Fracking

One of the more interesting absurdities of climate change is that the best known method of actually dealing with it in the here and now is to use more of a particular fossil fuel. To go out and use a new method – newish perhaps – of extracting it too. The very method that every environmentalist insists we never should use at all.

That is, the way to deal with climate change is to frack for natural gas. As Britain is just starting to do:

Fracking for shale gas will go ahead for the first time in the UK since it caused earthquakes in 2011.

The moves comes after an environmental campaigner failed in a High Court bid to temporarily block energy firm Cuadrilla from fracking at its site at Preston New Road, Lancashire.

That is rather the amusement, that it’s an environmental campaigner complaining. Take, say, Germany. They decided to close all the nuclear plants. To invest and invest in windmills and solar. And emissions have been rising as they’ve had to expand the use of lignite, brown coal, so as to keep the lights on:

Cuadrilla has welcomed yesterday’s judgement and said it will start the hydraulic fracturing process on the two horizontal wells it has drilled into deep lying Bowland Shale rock under its Preston New Road site near Little Plumpton.

That Bowland Shale is perhaps three times deeper – no, not further underground than, but there is three times the depth of the shale – as the Marcellus formation in the US.

And the US has been exploiting that Marcellus and others. And the US price for natural gas (the “Henry Hub”) has fallen through the floor. Meaning that people are entirely naturally not building coal fired plants, closing down those they’ve got, and making the electricity with that cheap natural gas. The result of which has been falling US emissions.

So, there we have it, the environmental answer to climate change. Frack for natural gas. Exactly the opposite of what every environmentalist is telling us but then when ain’t that the case?

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MrYan
MrYan
2 years ago

Fracking is bad though – because usual idiot nonsense from the Left where they want us to return to the middle ages where we all eke out a subsistence living from the land. Of course, to have enough land to do this we’d need a significant population decrease but they have experience having killed well over 150 million people with their mad ideology.

Spike
2 years ago

“Fracking…caused earthquakes in 2011.” — Injecting liquids into the surface of the planet caused tectonic plates to shift? Preposterous.

Southerner
Southerner
2 years ago

Climate change doesn’t need an “answer” any more than do day and night.

I already don’t even open CT articles about Aunt Agatha or Metropolitans. I think I’ll have to start doing that as well with anything Tim writes about CC.

Spike
2 years ago
Reply to  Southerner

Unlike other of Tim’s articles, this one doesn’t even give Greens an “Assume you’re right for argument’s sake.” His thesis here is merely that fracking is what Greens should be in favor of, if Greens actually believed in anything (other than bossing the rest of us around).

MrYan
MrYan
2 years ago

Fracking is bad though – because usual idiot nonsense from the Left where they want us to return to the middle ages where we all eke out a subsistence living from the land. Of course, to have enough land to do this we’d need a significant population decrease but they have experience having killed well over 150 million people with their mad ideology.

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