Sunday, March 25, 2012

More on fracking

In the New York Review of Books Bill McKibben reviews three important accounts of fracking including Josh Fox's documentary, 'Gaslands'. He gives a balanced overview but the final message is, for me, still one of despair.  He notes that:

'The rush to exploit 'extreme energy', and to rip the planet apart to get at it, knows no national boundaries.  Urbina reported last year that the big energy companies have spread the fracking technology around the planet finding new shale deposits in more than thirty countries.'

Regulators are in no position to keep up.  Thankfully in Australia we are now begining to see positive effects from concerted opposition.  It remains to be seen what position the new coalition government in Queensland will take.

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