The morality of fracking

More fracking (or any other source of natural gas) means less CO2 by a factor of 2 compared with coal (and some reduction, though less dramatic, compared with oil) per unit of energy. Good reason to support fracking if you don’t approve of global warming. It also means (since one fuel can partly substitute for another) a lower oil price, and less revenue for Saudi Arabia and for Daesh (which now controls Syria’s oil); good reasons to support fracking if you don’t approve of beheading people.

And so I am reblogging my friend Michael Roberts’ post, A Fracking Injustice

Peddling and Scaling God and Darwin

Opposition to fracking is often presented as Climate Justice and many who oppose fracking will claim to have a strong social conscience and to be concerned for climate justice and social justice.

I am not sure that Arthur Parson, now a jobless person from Longridge, Lancashire would agree with them, so now READ Arthur’s story: the human cost of ‪#‎fracking‬ opposition in the UK


I’m Arthur Parson, a Lancashire resident that was lucky enough to get a well paying job with one of the main drilling contractors for Cuadrilla a few years ago, after several years of no work.

But here I am without a job again because, in the last two weeks, I’ve been made redundant.

My employer had been lined up to drill up to 8 new exploration wells on the Fylde. But then councillors refused planning permission for Cuadrilla’s proposed sites at Preston New Road…

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About Paul Braterman

Science writer, former chemistry professor; committee member British Centre for Science Education; board member and science adviser Scottish Secular Society; former member editorial board, Origins of Life, and associate, NASA Astrobiology Insitute; first popsci book, From Stars to Stalagmites 2012

Posted on August 29, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. In case you were wondering: (his brother is a private weather forecaster fraud who thinks the moon directly influences the weather)


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