The Curmudgeon


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Shaky Commitment

Since we have such meagre resources of wind and water, as one would expect of a group of islands in the north Atlantic, Britain's greenest government ever is expected to greenlight the resumption of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas. The process involves drilling some hundreds of metres into the ground and then pumping things into the hole in order to release methane; it can cause minor earthquakes, with which the British nuclear industry will almost certainly be able to cope nearly as well as it copes in the absence of earthquakes. A study last year said that the impact on the climate would be worse than that of coal, but the study was done at Cornell University, and almost certainly by mere scientists rather than management consultants or other members of the priestly caste. The chief executive of a fracking company operating in Northern Ireland said that it was all perfectly safe if properly regulated, rather like banks or media monopolies or Francis Maude; so a research wallah at Policy Exchange was duly cranked out to blather up the benefits of a flexible energy market (fossil fuels and profiteering, in Standard English) and an emissions cap which is feeble enough to be credible, long-term enough to cause no more than minor irritation during the present parliament, and EU-wide so that we can all blame Brussels when it fails.


  • At 7:27 pm , Anonymous Madame X said...

    Now whatever shall we do for tourism in California once everyone can experience earthquakes in their hometown? At the moment we can offer earthquake-reinforced buildings in which to enjoy the ride without fearing a collapse. Most of the time, at any rate.

  • At 1:19 am , Anonymous Jim Bliss said...

    For more on the subject of hydraulic fracturing, I suggest you track down the excellent documentary, 'Gasland', for a peek at the potential havoc the fossil fuel industry is about to wreak upon the UK.

    You can watch the trailer here:

  • At 9:04 pm , Blogger Philip said...

    Thanks. Particularly interesting about the effects on the water supply, given the extent of our moisture provision profiteers' demonstrated concern for our well-being.


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