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Britain’s Fracking Tsar Resigns, Accuses Govt. Of Caving In To Green Zealots

daily mail fracking tsar

daily mail fracking tsar

Announcing her resignation yesterday, Britain’s fracking tsar strongly criticised the government for caving into green zealots.

Natascha Engel said the government was strangling the UK shale gas industry at birth despite overwhelming scientific evidence that if properly regulated it is totally safe.

Ms. Engel, a former Labour MP, said the result will be higher, not lower, greenhouse gas emissions as we are forced to rely on increased imports of gas.

Whatever your views on fracking, Britain’s dependence on natural gas is indisputable, as a few simple charts show:

1) Gas still accounts for 39 percent of the UK’s energy consumption, compared with a paltry 3 percent contribution from wind, solar and hydro:

uk energy consumption 2018

2) We import 49 percent of our gas requirements:

UK imports exports natural gas

3) Although the majority of imports come via pipeline from Norway, liquefied natural gas (LNG) still accounts for 17 percent of imports:

percent of lng imports

4) Across the EU as a whole, indigenous production supplies only about a fifth of demand. About a quarter of its gas comes from Russia.

The EU is also heavily reliant on supplies from Qatar, Nigeria, and Algeria.

sources of eu uk gas

5) In the UK, households account for about a third of gas usage. Significantly, demand in winter peaks at four times that of summer for obvious reasons.

Gas supply can easily be adjusted up and down to meet this demand pattern, but for the electricity system to do the same would involve a massive increase in both generating and transmission capacity.

To do so with a grid mainly reliant on intermittent renewable energy simply would not be practical, as it would raise the question of what you do with all of that surplus power in summer months.

uk demand gas

Neither the government nor the eco-zealots it seems to want to get into bed with have anything remotely resembling a practical plan of how to replace natural gas in our energy mix.

Which leaves us with two alternatives:

1) Make the best use of the gas resources we have.

2) Increase our reliance on imports from abroad.

I know which I would rather do.

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