Campaigners for and against fracking are failing to deliver a decisive blow to their opponents, according to a new study. Researchers at Sussex University conclude that the shale gas debate remains deadlocked. A clear victory for either side looks unlikely because arguments used are “often theoretical and easily undermined”. They found that the case about impacts – both negative and positive – tends to be extrapolated from the United States and the relevance to the UK is easily questioned by opponents. The UK government has struggled to counter claims of poor governance of the shale gas industry, the study concluded. And attempts to portray shale gas as an environmentally-friendly “bridge fuel” to a low carbon economy appeared to have little traction beyond government and the industry. According to the research, any shift in the debate is likely to come either from a sudden event – such as a change of government or an incident at an exploration site – or from a more gradual loss of enthusiasm by either side.
Drill or Drop 6th Aug 2019 read more »
George Monbiot: The fossil-fuel lobby is threatened by public concern over the climate crisis. So it’s buying influence to get the results it wants.
Guardian 7th Aug 2019 read more »