The war against fracking is expanding to supply size.
Renewable energy propagandist Chris Nelder writes on lefty Slate.com:
The recent press about the potential of shale gas would have you believe that America is now sitting on a 100-year supply of natural gas. It’s a “game-changer.” A “golden age of gas” awaits, one in which the United States will be energy independent, even exporting gas to the rest of the world, upending our current energy-importing situation.
The data, however, tell a very different story. Between the demonstrable gas reserves, and the potential resources blared in the headlines, lies an enormous gulf of uncertainty…
Shale gas has made renewables even more uncompetitive with fossil than they already were.
Expect the left to throw everything, including the kitchen sink, to stop the shale gas boom.
EnergyinDepth.org responds below in an e-mail to JunkScience.com:
What I love about these pieces is that the authors so quickly and blithely discount any data coming in from plays like the Marcellus and Haynesville – that’s the telltale sign that the fix is in. They say there’s not enough wells out there yet to make a determination as to size of the resource basin, but that’s baloney. The reason they exclude the Marcellus and Haynesville in particular is that the numbers for those two plays are absolutely staggering. In 2007, the Haynesville yielded exactly zero BCF of natural gas. Today, we produce more than 6.3 billion cubic feet of the stuff a day from the Haynesville – and we do that from barely 2,200 wells. In the Marcellus, we’re producing natural gas from about 1,900 wells – at 3.5 BCF a clip. And we haven’t even begun to get into the Utica yet in OH – or the other “Devonian” shales that exist above and below the Marcellus in PA and NY. So, in short, the trick these guys use is simple: they discard all pieces of data that undermine their argument, and include only those stray data points that could be construed as point to uncertainty. The good news is: we won’t have to wait very long to see who’s right. If the Haynesville goes from 6 BCF to, say 9 BCF over the next two years – and if the Marcellus goes from 3.5 BCF to, say, 6 over the same period – those folks will be stuck with an indefensible argument.