We must be good stewards of the environment. What we shouldn't do is secure and tighten a tourniquet around the neck of our economy to satisfy the demands of environmental extremists.
Abundant and affordable energy will do more to alleviate poverty and spur economic growth than anything else. The realization an additional 6.6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas is recoverable globally resets the Geopolitical Energy Chessboard and fracking is the primary mechanism for extracting that gas. Nations traditionally held hostage by OPEC - including the US, China and India - realize these natural gas reserves will free their economies. Many smaller nations recognize the shift as well. In short, the existence of these reserves will prompt their development.
Accordingly, those of us who favor sustainable development need to understand the tools and processes whereby those natural gas resources will be discovered, extracted and transported. Opposition to environmentally harmful processes is appropriate, but the focus needs to be targeted. Those who target fracking need to understand the history detailed below and would be well served to support the use of IPD, BIM and lean processes in the energy industry rather than seeking to cut off production in the US and Canada via oppressive regulation of fracking and opposition to things like the Keystone Pipeline.
These resources will be developed. The question is whether environmentalists will have a rational and persuasive voice at the table or will instead, rely on hyperbole and propaganda of the kind reflected in the documentary "Gasland". I encourage readers to develop rational and persuasive arguments that will impact inevitable production positively rather than raging against the machine.
I hope you find the timeline informative.
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