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?