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Getting Fracking and Climate Change into Perspective

Fact:  Fracking is not new.

Fact:  Two million wells have been fracked worldwide.

Fact:  Two hundred have been fracked in the UK.

Fact:  Caudrilla never admitted to causing the minor earth tremors. Their statement was:  ‘They probably caused the two small earth tremors’.  Probably is not a fact and cannot be used a proof of an event. It could well have been phrased that way to shut down the medi and the inevitable conspiracy theories if they had said nothing, or gave an outright denial.

Fact:  Great Britain suffers about 300 minor earth tremors every year, with a larger one about every four years. So can we be sure these were not natural tremors?

Fact: Despite alarmist statements no babies have been still born or suffered birth defects which are attributable to fracking. No water tables have been irreparably poisoned by fracking.

Fact: Leakage of methane from drill sites is negligible and would not be sustained because the objective of drilling is to sell the gas, not vent it to the atmosphere. Of course methane is ever present in our atmosphere, it bubbles up in marshy places and swamps all over the world. It has done this for millions of years, it is known by various names such as “Marsh Gas”, “Swamp gas”,  and “wil o the wisp”,  and in mines it is known as “fire damp”. Gas pockets are often penetrated accidentally when water wells are constructed.

Fact:  Physical industrial accidents apart, nobody has been killed by Shale gas.

Fact:  The owners of Shale exploration companies and their operatives are people, too. They have wives and husbands, they have children, and grandchildren and uncles and aunts, parents and grand parents and nieces and nephews, and just plain friends. In other words they are the same as anybody else, thus not likely to wish to kill their families and friends.

Fact:  There are bound to be some minor events as a result of fracking, there is always some risk in any industrial enterprise. Certainly not on the scale of coal mining in the past. Any danger will be  small and local.

Fact:  Shale gas is not a game changer in the UK ? Prior to the development of Shale gas, America used to import 25% of all of the oil produced throughout the world. When Shale gas was exploited in America, their requirement for overseas oil plummeted, causing a glut of oil on the world markets which halved the price of petrol. Just your car alone costs up to £30 a month less to run, and there have been other spin-offs, too.

Fact:  Burning of fossil fuels increases green house gasses and leads to global warming? Shale gas however is less polluting than petroleum and can be used to fuel cars.

Fact:  Global warming will cause coastal flooding? It is regrettable that Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, seem to imagine that there is an OPTIMUM climate for the earth. There is not, and there never has been. In the past 750,000 years, Great Britain has suffered four major ice ages, some of which lasted more than 100,000 years. The last one ended just a scant 11,000 years ago. So it is clear that the Earth naturally cycles between warm and cold.


As the world warms up after each ice age, huge areas of land  in places such as Greenland, North Canada,massive areas of Northern Siberia, and islands near to the South pole will become newly productive of prolific plant matter. These plants need CO2, which   they convert to sugars, and oxygen. Therefore,  they will be extracting CO2 from the atmosphere in increasing amounts leading  to CO2 depletion and  a reversal of the global warming process. So the world cools down again… Natural cycling springs to mind!

The Optimum temperature.

To which temperature would Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth wish the world to be pegged? At 1,000,000 years ago, 250,000 years ago, 5000 years ago, 10 years ago, last week? There is also a strong theory that the Sun, itself, cycles a little between maximum and minimum output, so they would have to factor that in,too.

Fact:  With respect to coastal flooding, Great Britain has been largely submerged many times in its history; visit any chalk pit, or limestone quarry, to see the evidence first hand!

Fact:  We can preserve things as they are today? That is poppycock! It  would require heavenly powers that are not readily available to focus groups.

Fact:  Because of the movements of the tectonic plates, Great Britain and Scandinavia are being thrust North East, with its axis somewhere in Russia.

Fact: In another 5,000,000 years, give or take a couple of seconds, Great Britain will be very near the North Pole and somewhere North of where Moscow is today. Eventually it will complete its long voyage to around about where Japan is today, where it may even be sub-ducted beneath the Pacific plate, to be spewed out as lava in various parts of the world, to create new islands. During that time the world will have experienced several dozen ice ages and rewarming  periods.

Fact:  Despite Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and Frackfree’s determinations  as to how “they alone can save the globe and humanity”,  I am afraid that they cannot, ask any Dinosaur!

Parliamentary petition

Far too much attention has been given by the to apparently “self supporting” protestors against fracking, who are able to pitch their tents for weeks on end at fracking sites. So often the cameras are focused on a small area, giving an impression of a dense ranks of protestors, but zoom out and they are often heavily outnumbered by the police!

The country is going through a very difficult period and paying other countries for their gas affects the nation’s  balance of payments, so why would we wish to do that when gas is right under our feet.

If Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth are really that convinced that they can stop global warming and ice-ages too, then why not work with the Government to siphon off some of the profits from Shale gas into renewable energy projects. Within the space of 50 to 60 years they could well have achieved their objective, but they should also be advised that control of the Solar System, requires powers that are, let us say, better discussed in Church!

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16 Comments on Getting Fracking and Climate Change into Perspective

  1. The thing is Michael, These people run cars, they have electric light in their houses, they catch busses, trains and planes, they run computers and mobile phones and use gas containers to cook with whilst they are protesting… They seem to hanker for the ‘good old days and natural living ? However, even people living in a Yurt have to cook and the smokey fires from burning yak dung, is hardly in keeping with their beliefs. Also to have that many yak dung fires needs and awful lot of CO2 belching yaks to supply the fuel… I am a bit long in the tooth now, so I can remember when every house had a coal fire and the whole countryside smelt of coal being burnt. I can also recall the smogs of the 40/50s shen a choking yellow fog surrounded you to such an extent that even in daylight you could not see more than 25 yards. But, smoke emissions are much less now:- So, using their theory the world ought to be cooling down since the 50s. That it is not suggests that there are other factors at work and ‘natural climate cycling’ seems an apt phrase to describe it

  2. Malcolm Shykles // April 15, 2017 at 10:33 am // Reply

    Climate Change is a nonsense accepted under John Major’s Government so as wealthy Conservative backers could make even more money. Every time she has a chance of doing so, Teresa May highlights Climate Change, any BBC documentary such those by David Attenborough highlights Global Warming, kids are taught it in schools, it is in exams, yet it is a nonsense that robs every UK citizen apart from those who understand the game. Even while it is obvious that the Earth is cooling was are told that it is warming!
    Unless there is a problem with our coal reserves, cheap oil, cheap electricity then why start fracking?

  3. “Fact: The owners of Shale exploration companies and their operatives are people, too. They have wives and husbands, they have children, and grandchildren and uncles and aunts, parents and grand parents and nieces and nephews, and just plain friends. In other words they are the same as anybody else, thus not likely to wish to kill their families and friends.”

    Therefore one can deduce that politicians and business leaders would not want to endanger their loved ones by filling to bursting the country with immigrants who hate our culture or have committed heinous crimes in their own country before coming here,to rape murder, rob and kill, it must be my imagination. With this logic I realise that my lack of faith in greedy businessmen and politicians has been mistaken, also those greedy bankers who nearly destroyed the economy and caused financial distress to millions were merely doing their best for us. I have been worrying for nothing, they all just want the best for their countrymen and should be trusted.

  4. Hi thanks for the comments. I have been checking up on methane since posting. They hystericals claim that it causes all manner of complaints. According to Wikipedia. Methane is not toxic, and is often present in drinking water, especially where there is dependence on a private well. The real problems with methane are individual carelessness . i.e. high concentrations of methane in the presence of oxygen it potentially explosive. Also, if one were to open a valve of a methane gas container in a room, tent, caravan etc.. and forget it could, because it is pressurised, drive out and replace the natural air out of the room, leading to asphyxiation. These are the sort of problems faced every day by people using petrol or even cookilng their dinner at home. Thus, methane is no more dangerous than anything else of that nature. Incidentally I have run a car on LPG (Butane) for ten years now and I have survived, and nobody has dropped dead from its fumes and the people at the garage who sell it all seem remarkably healthy too !

  5. An excellent article that destroys the Greens and their stupid anti-fracking agenda.

  6. One aspect of the climate change debate which is rarely asked: what is the optimum level of CO2?

    Plants grow considerably quicker and larger with a higher level of CO2. Commercial greenhouses elevate CO2 levels to as much as 2000 ppm. The limits for an eight hour working shift is 5000 ppm. In other words we can tolerate it at a level more than ten times the current atmospheric concentration.

    With a higher CO2 concentration a larger crop yield is produced, enabling a larger human population without so much starvation. Conversely if the CO2 was reduced to its level before industrialisation, there is a risk that millions of people would starve. Is this what the green lobby wants?

    • Well said hugo, which leads to the understanding that even plants already in existence will thrive even better and in doing so leech out more CO2 from the atmosphere, as well as the areas that become productive because of warming. I think it may well be the answer to why and how, and why, the earth to cycles from warm to ice age and back again

  7. Agree with most of the above, although I don’t remember anyone killed, many rigs in uS have been burnt down due to dubious oilfield practices.
    I have experienced, and stopped, their cowboy ways in my work, and am glad to say they would be caught and stopped by Law in UK (once called Great Britain).
    Unfortunately, in other parts of europe with no hydrocarbons, hence no oil and gas laws, uSA ‘specialists’ probably still get away with questionable acts unchecked.
    In any case, I am not aware of any finds in the geological ‘european massive shale’ exploration.
    As to earthquakes – talk to someone in Comrie on the boundary fault. Not exactly a hive of shale gas exploration.

  8. Good article, very informative and fair comment.
    Many thanks

  9. Vernon, I’ve started Good Friday with my first good deed. I signed your petition! I personally have no idea why any attention is paid to people who don’t want us to have cheaper energy. Energy is the lifeblood of our economy. All sane people love the planet and don’t want to harm the environment but this doesn’t require us to return to the dark ages when life was brutal, cold and short before Britain brought to the world the industrial revolution. That is madness. If those who know a thing or three about climate are correct the current, distinct paucity of sunspots may well be ushering in another Maunder minimum. If they are correct we’ll be needing a lot of gas to stay warm in winter! More importantly we may need to be heating greenhouses to grow food. Sorry, I can’t use the word ‘fact’ on that one. Yet.

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