The energy industry and environmentalists are failing shale energy and don't grasp the implications of the stakes of that failure, reports the web news site Quartz. A newly created coalition of industry and greens isn't the solution, Quartz says.
Steve LeVine writes, in part: "The first thing to do is to disregard ideologically driven extremists on both sides. That would include, for the environmentalists, the Sierra Club, which after the coalition announcement railed yet again against 'our continued reliance on dirty, dangerous fossil fuels.' For the industry, it would be the American Petroleum Institute, the industry’s leading lobbying group, which suggested that it can take care of standards-setting, and does not require outsiders’ help.
"Next, take a look around the world. On April 4, Romanians protested fracking plans by Chevron. The parliament in Spain’s Cantabria region expects to vote April 8 to suspend fracking. Opposition continues in the UK, not to mention around the US.
"In other words, the shale drilling industry is under serious fire. People worry about groundwater, earthquakes, air pollution and a general feeling of unease. If they wish to realize shale’s potential, as we heard in a March 25 speech by Maria Van der Hoeven, director of the International Energy Agency, drillers must address 'legitimate public concerns [about] environmental and social impacts' of their activities.
"This is not news to the industry."
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