Fracking Cannot Be Reconciled with Climate Change Mitigation Policies

Staddon, Philip L. ORCID: 0000-0002-7968-3179 and Depledge, Michael H. (2015) Fracking Cannot Be Reconciled with Climate Change Mitigation Policies. Environmental Science and Technology, 49 (14). pp. 8269-8270. ISSN 0013-936X

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Abstract

Addressing climate change and meeting our energy needs are two of the greatest challenges that societies face. Many obstacles hinder progress. The search for inexpensive and plentiful energy supplies appears to be at odds with climate change mitigation commitments. The desire for short-term (next 30 years) energy security has reinvigorated investment in fossil fuel technologies and led to a North American boom in hydraulic fracturing for shale gas (fracking). However, fracking contributes both directly and indirectly to greenhouse gas emissions, further driving anthropogenic climate change. Here we consider the implications and conclude that the expansion of fracking is incompatible with climate change mitigation.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fracking; Energy security; Environmental policy; Climate change; Greenhouse gas emissions
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD2321 Industry
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Imogen Young
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2019 11:04
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2019 17:00
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/6891

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