Shale gas has been the main focal point of a lot of conversations lately. This is because some people believe that it could be the answer that many countries are looking for to cure their energy problems. Others believe that it is destructive and does more harm than good. Well it now appears that the Energy and Climate Change Committee is on board with shale gas, so much, in fact, that it’s asking the UK government to give fracking more support.
For those of you who do not know, fracking is the process of using water and a chemical to break shale rocks under the ground. The breaking of these rocks releases natural gas, which can be used for energy. Some say that fracking is dangerous, while others say that there is no danger in the process.
In the United States, fracking has becoming extremely popular. While the rest of the world is watching their energy prices go up, price in the United States are staying the same or even decreasing. In fact, the country has been producing so much natural gas from fracking that it is now able to export some of its extra natural gas to make a nice little profit. Countries like the UK, who are in an energy crisis, have no choice but to buy this energy from the United States.
That is why the Energy and Climate Change Committee believes that the UK government needs to get on board with fracking. The only problem is that the government wants to know just how much natural gas it can get from fracking. The Energy and Climate Change Committee said that there is no way to tell unless the government allows for some exploratory drilling.
Although this committee thinks supporting fracking is a good idea, it still believes that public concerns over fracking should be taken into account as well. It went on to say that more people may be on board with fracking once they see how much it could lower energy prices.
Tony Bosworth, from Friends of the Earth, is not impressed with the report. He said that this new report from the Energy and Climate Change Committee does very little to support its case on why fracking should be allowed. He went on to say that MPs say that shale gas production may actually threaten climate targets. On top of that, it may not even stop the rising cost of gas from going up further. In the end, the UK cannot count on shale gas to improve energy security as a whole. It is a quick fix for a bigger problem.
Mr Bosworth finished up by saying that fracking is a very dirty and unnecessary threat on the environment. It is for reasons like this why there are so many communities all over the world that are against it. The UK does not need to take the gamble on shale gas. Instead, it needs to build more affordable power systems. It needs to look at clean sources of energy like the sun, waves and wind.