01 Jan '12, 7am

Future energy: Natural gas fracking - Who blew up the ‘bridge to the future’? - #CSR #Natural #Gas #Fracking #Debate

Future energy: Natural gas fracking - Who blew up the ‘bridge to the future’? - #CSR #Natural #Gas #Fracking #Debate

An anti-fracking philanthropist has turned environmentalists into precautionary conservatives. How did this happen? Environmentalists are not playing it straight on natural gas. Until recently, they were among its most aggressive promoters, even calling it the “bridge to the future”. “Natural gas is inherently cleaner than coal or oil,” wrote Renewable Energy Policy Project, a Washington-based NGO, in 1997, in a typical analysis. “Since renewables will be unable to meet most energy needs for some time, gas is an essential bridge to a renewable energy era.” As recently as 2008, progressive environmentalists, such the Pew Centre on Global Climate Change, heralded its promise . “We also need to consider … how to better support natural gas as a bridge fuel to a more climate-friendly energy supply,” said Eileen Claussen, president of the Pew Centre, in a widely circulated speec...

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