Chris Nelder takes a look at the actual data and offers some sharp criticism on the gas industry’s estimates of a “100-year supply” of natural gas.
This aligns quite well with some of my feelings on fracking. I’m not uncomfortable with the process or the technique, and from what I have researched it can be pretty environmentally neutral when done carefully. And being from Texas I know first-hand how incredibly important the multi-layered industry is to small communities. But what I am not comfortable with is that it is viewed as the fuel of the future instead of a stepping stone to something purely renewable.
This article puts that last argument on the scale, and when you look at the real numbers and uncertainties behind the shale gas estimates, it’s becoming clear which side has weight.
(via Slate Magazine)