Shale gas: do we need evolution or a revolution?
If the government believes that the environmental impacts of extracting shale gas can be managed, now is the time to step up its efforts to ensure shale can make a real difference to the UK’s energy mix.
It is difficult to remember a time when political tensions over economic growth and environmental protection were in such sharp focus. We see this debate especially in shale gas. If the environmental impacts of its exploitation and production can be managed, the argument for clear and decisive political action to facilitate shale is compelling. The question is whether the government can or should do more beyond its current precautionary approach to accelerate the commercial exploitation of shale gas reserves…
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