The argument is often voiced that shale gas will stunt renewable energy growth. Yet in the midst of an explosion in US shale gas production, solar power had its best year ever in 2013 and prospects for the technology are (pardon the pun) bright. Wind power is expected to power nearly 5% of the nation's electricity in 2015.
So where’s the negative impact?
Throwing every allegation about shale gas against the wall to see what sticks wastes time that we don’t have to fix our climate problem and to improve public health. The conversation must urgently turn to how to properly regulate the practice and leverage shale gas to accelerate these hopeful trends and deploy more renewable energy. And to how we can require CCS on natgas to provide near zero carbon energy in the process.