hot is better than cold …

More people showed up in 40C heat in the small town of Broome yesterday to protest against an LNG Refinery nearby, than protested in London about climate change, or was it frakking they were worried about. A lot more it seems.


[…] I think they might be a bit unclear on the concept:

Thank you to everyone who turned out on one of the coldest days this year. With our 7.2m fracking rig, we took a clear message to Parliament – “No Fracking in the UK”, a message backed up by other actions around the country, and one that was picked up by the BBC (see here and here) amongst others. Not only that but there could hardly have been a more critical moment to stage a conspicuous show of opposition to the the government’s unfolding plans for an expansion of fracking and a new dash for gas.

And what did they do to warm up afterwards? Chances are they went to a nice fossil fuel (gas) heated pub or their home.

From the video, it looks like there might be 200-300 people at this “national” event standing out in the cold. (video and more at the link)

Wimps! This is how the Aussies do it:

Jane Lawton‘s photo.
42 degrees and the Broome Community is still standing strong!
42 degrees and the Broome Community is still standing strong!

There are always more suited, cheaper options.

Update this report on frakking oil and gas, good to get away from OPEC control of energy:

Shale gas, good news for Brits and the west

JC and some others have told us about this from time to time, here is a nice piece from Nigel Lawson on the technology and the implications of “fracking” to tap hundreds of years of supplies of oil and gas from shale. With attractive pictures of Chancellor George Gibson, shale rocks and Blackpool.

Has anyone been following Alan Jones and his diatribes against fracking in NSW? He makes sense on most issues apart from free trade and I would like a professional opinion on this bee in his bonnet. Lawson wrote:

Scare stories about fracking leading to water pollution are equally unfounded, with upwards of a mile of solid rock separating the shallow aquifers from which we draw our drinking water from the deep deposits where the shale gas is to be found and where the fracking occurs.

The bottom line is that, contrary to the peak oil fantasists, fossil fuels are going to become more available, not less.

Today, oil, gas and coal represent 80 per cent of the global energy mix. They will continue to dominate the world’s energy markets for decades to come. And within that picture, natural gas is going to offer the cheapest way to produce electricity: cheaper than nuclear energy and massively cheaper than renewables.

We are living in an era when good news is thin on the ground. The shale gas revolution is the exception: a game-changing piece of good news, both economically and geo-politically, both for this country and for the world.

Written by Poor Old Rafe 18 comments

Even, er Mongolia?

Leah O’Neil‘s photo.
We stand with Broome, stay strong, Mongolia and the world are watching!
We stand with Broome, stay strong, Mongolia and the world are watching!

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley)
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