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Frack U-Turn

It has now been confirmed, not that there was much doubt, that our governing effete are collectively and clinically insane.

The Government has rejected shale gas technology as a solution to Britain’s energy crisis, conceding it will do little to cut bills or keep the lights on.

Rejected shale gas technology? Rejected reality more like.

Supporters of the fracking technology – which blasts water, sand and chemicals at extreme pressures to release gas trapped deep in rock – argue it could be the single greatest factor in transforming Britain’s energy market, reducing our reliance on foreign imports and dramatically reducing costs.

Well it hasn’t done the US much harm has it? The Yanks are awash in the stuff.

But The Independent on Sunday has learned that industry experts made clear at a meeting attended by senior ministers, including David Cameron and Ed Davey, the Lib Dem energy secretary, that the UK’s reserves were smaller than first thought and could be uneconomical to extract.

Industry experts? What industry and which experts? Bishop Hill is wondering the same thing. As for “uneconomical to extract” why should the government care? Shale gas exploration and drilling is done by the private sector. The investment comes from the private sector. It doesn’t cost the taxpayer a penny unlike the highly subsidised renewables that are wrecking our energy security and economy.

Now senior coalition figures have agreed that shale gas has the potential to be deeply controversial without securing major benefits in lowering carbon emissions or reducing energy costs.

Controversial? How’s this for controversial! The bold highlights are mine.

Edward Davey (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs), Business, Innovation and Skills; Kingston and Surbiton, Liberal Democrat): The Government are committed to reducing domestic energy bills, and have put energy efficiency at the heart of their energy policy. The green deal will drive the take-up of energy efficiency measures in homes, helping to reduce energy bills. In addition, the roll-out of smart meters will further reduce energy use. Vulnerable customers will also benefit from the warm home discount, which is worth £1.1 billion over four years.

And there you have it. Government energy policy in a nutshell. They are going to reduce energy bills by increasing them. Control supply and hike up the price of domestic energy so people can’t afford to use it. Problem solved. The bastards are doing the same thing with water.

The revelation, ahead of the publication this week of major reforms of the energy market, will be welcomed by green campaigners who have been deeply opposed to clearing the way for a new generation of gas power plants, and voiced serious concerns about the environmental impact, including the potential for fracking to trigger earthquakes and contaminate water supplies.

Green campaigners? Like the cretinous eco-loons who authored the Living Planet Report? Like the anti-science, people hating propagandists responsible for Gasland? Like this lying sack of cow slurry?

Joss Garman, from Greenpeace, said: The shale gas bubble has burst.

Gosh, the Yanks are sure going to be surprised to discover that all the cheap and abundant shale gas and oil they are producing and exporting around the world (37 million barrels of LPG in 2011, up from 7 million barrels in 2008) is nothing but dust and dreams in the atrophied eye of the Big Oil dinosaur.

Garman compounds his lie:

Despite all the hype, even the energy companies now acknowledge shale gas isn’t the answer to Britain’s energy needs.

These would be the same energy companies currently raking in massive, artificially induced profits thanks to the current green energy policies? The very same companies whose interests will not be served by a glut of cheap gas flooding the market thanks to drilling companies they and their government cronies have no (other than regulatory) control over?

Ministers are having to face up to the fact that there isn’t much of it…

The British Geological Survey thinks otherwise. According to its website the BGS has not altered its position so where have ministers got this new information from? And can we see it for ourselves?

…it won’t bring down bills…

Just like it hasn’t brought down bills in the US?

…and it’s damaging to our climate.

Damaging how? From plant food CO2 pollution? Is Garman one of the so called “experts” that our Westminster village idiots are listening to? Maybe. There are others…

The Prime Minister convened the Downing Street summit to hear from companies including Shell, Centrica and Schlumberger, which have been working on shale gas projects in America and exploring the potential of supplies in Ukraine and China.

Shall and Centrica, (aka Scottish Gas and British Gas) have invested heavily in the renewables market. They aren’t going to to be cheerleaders for shale gas when the government’s Green Deal has put this on the table.

Schlumberger is the largest oil servicing industry in the world. Andrew Gould, former CEO of Schlumberger said:

There is I don’t think any doubt that long term, shale gas is going to be one of the big, new energy sources both in the U.S. and overseas.

He also said:

Natural gas burns with fewer emissions than other fossil fuels, which makes it attractive as government and industry try to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

So what changed the company’s mind? Does the Green Deal promise to line their pockets too?

The ministers were told Britain was not in a position to exploit vast amounts of its own shale gas stores. “The reserves aren’t absolutely huge compared with the likes of America, Ukraine and North Africa,” said a senior government source. “And we are relatively densely populated. It is a question of how much we can get out, and at what cost. There is a not-insignificant amount of domestic supply, but not a game-changing amount.”

Britain isn’t absolutely huge compared to the likes of America. Our needs are exponentially smaller. Our shale gas reserves are game-changing but the government doesn’t want to change the game. The government prefers we impoverish ourselves with the Green Deal! And all in the name of saving the planet from a climate catastrophe that doesn’t fornicating exist!

Mr Davey now rejects the idea that a rush to bring shale gas online will have the biggest impact on reducing household energy bills. Speaking after the Downing Street meeting, he said industry experts were “clear that it would take time for shale gas to be exploited in the UK” and cautioned that the reserves “are not quite as large as some have been speculating”.

Some being the scientific “speculators” of British Geological Survey rather than the vested financial interest “speculators” who benefit greatly from renewables subsidies?

In 2010, a British Geological Survey estimated that, based on experience in the US, UK shales could hold 150 billion cubic metres of gas, equivalent to roughly two years’ of UK demand. While some shale gas exploration in the UK could still go ahead, it will be “very cautionary”, with tight regulations on both environmental impacts and the effects on people living near by. The energy company Cuadrilla Resources has admitted that operations to exploit a substantial shale gas field near Blackpool were responsible for two earth tremors a year ago.

Didn’t the BGS report also say that the very minor earthquakes pose a very minor threat in an area that has a particular kind of geology and should not prevent fracking? Or was that particular cherry too bitter for Green Deal Davey?

Mark Hanafin, managing director of the energy production division of Centrica, played down the UK’s potential to cash in on the technology. “UK shale production… I think it’s important and we should develop it, but I don’t think it’s going to be a game changer,” Mr Hanafin said in Paris earlier this month, according to Dow Jones.

Apparently the Green Deal is a game changer. Just not for the poor bastards (us) who get to foot the bill for it and fall into energy poverty and face the spectre of looming blackouts as a result.

A Shell spokesman said that “development will be a bit slower in Europe” because of problems of both geology and community impact. “UK shale gas is unproven geologically, but we are taking a look to see what the potential might be.”

No you’re not. You are trying your damnedest to prevent it.

On Tuesday, Mr Davey will publish the Government’s long-awaited Energy Bill, promising that it will bring down energy bills and secure future supplies. He will make clear that Britain must not be dependent on gas, despite George Osborne’s insistence in the Budget that “gas is cheap, has much less carbon than coal and will be the largest single source of our electricity in the coming years”. Jennifer Webber, from the industry body RenewableUK, said the reforms must instead “ensure that the expansion of renewable energy is at the heart of our energy strategy”.

Mr. Davey is Lib Dem. He is a member of a party that lost the last general election profoundly but slimed its way into power because Cameron wanted tenancy of Number 10 in the worst possible way. He is a greenie who would see your gran frozen to death but that’s okay because it’ll be for the chiiiiildren yet unborn (and will continue to be unborn if the Malthusians get their way). This diseased mollusc is dictating to us that hidously expensive renewable energy is good and abundant cheap shale gas is bad. We, as a nation, are dying on our feet, crippled with debt on an epic scale that rises by billions every week. And this pig’s rectum of a politician is going to proliferate the stupidity with his fraudulent Green Deal?

The next general election revolution can’t come soon enough.

5 Comments

  1. Schrodinger's Dog says:

    Lynne,

    A good piece – even if reading it made me very angry.

    In my more paranoid moments I wonder if our leaders are softening us up for a post electricity future.

  2. RAB says:

    Something honks to high heaven here, doesn’t it?

    I have been scratching my head for a while over the notion that the Green deal and encouraging us punters to insulate and therefore use less power, can possibly be in the interests of the Power suppliers. They are commercial entities after all.

    How can selling less of your product possibly be good for your profits? It’s like being a greengrocer and saying “bleedin hell I’m selling to many apples here, I’d better cut back”. Surely the utility companies want us to buy more of their products, not less?

    Well like I suppose Alchohol suppliers are probably not crying in their beer over the idea of Govt mandated minimum price per unit, because even if they did sell less, their profits would either stay the same or even go up, the same applies to the utility companies.

    Crony capitalism and Govt collusion, red in tooth and claw. No such thing as a free lunch? Oh yes there is, the mug punters will pay! One things for sure, our bills will never come down however many friggin windmills they build.

    The lights will soon be going out all over Europe.

  3. Single Acts of Tyranny says:

    The evidence is mounting and it seems to suggest a future where energy is rationed and expensive. This is straight misanthropy, nothing more.

    We cannot change government policy. But we can buy wood burning stoves for heat, diesel electricty generators for power and install water buts for stuff like flushing the loo. This is not ideal, but the time has come to protect yourself because the government is now, if not the overt predator, then absolutely brainless and criminally reckless with he future.

  4. Plamus says:

    I’ll just leave this here…

  5. I can’t remember when, but I think in the early 1990s, Pacific Gas and Electric realised that it would be cheaper to encourage its customers to reduce demand by energy conservation than to meet that demand by building new power stations. Right or wrong they did this for rational economic reasons, not related to concerns for the environment or anything else.

    Profit is not necessarily linked to selling more of your product.

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