13 May '11, 1pm

Must-see ProPublica video on natural gas fracking

Must-see ProPublica video on natural gas fracking

Two years ago, ClimateProgress started writing about shale gas as a potential game changer in the energy and climate arena. Since then its potential has only grown, but so too has the scrutiny of its local and global impact. The humorous video below – put together by the investigative reporting team at ProPublica – is a great intro to the controversy: So is shale gas a bridge to a clean energy future — or a bridge to nowhere? On one hand, some, like Oxford Fellow Dieter Helm, call shale gas a “glint of hope” for reducing our dependence on coal and creating a bridge to renewables. According to a recent Bloomberg story, Helm said this week that the switch from coal to natural gas in the U.S., China and India, could halve CO2 emissions in the next couple of decades: “Cheap and abundant shale gas ‘is the first glint of hope in the climate change debate,’ Helm said. Europe shou...

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