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A Bridge to a Low-Carbon Future? Modelling the Long-Term Global Potential of Natural Gas

UK shale gas production over the next decade, the key time-period where gas could act as a transition fuel, is unlikely to be of sufficient scale to significantly reduce UK import dependence or gas prices, this report by independent researchers at UKERC shows. “It is very frustrating to keep hearing that shale gas is going to solve our energy problems – there’s no evidence for that whatsoever… it’s hype”, said Prof Jim Watson, UKERC research director.

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Christophe McGlade, Mike Bradshaw, Gabrial Anandarajah, Jim Watson, and Paul EkinsA Bridge to a Low-Carbon Future? Modelling the Long-Term Global Potential of Natural Gas
Research Report (UKERC (UK Energy Research Centre): London), Nov. 10, 2014

See also:
A Bridge to a Low-Carbon Future? Modelling the Long-Term Global Potential of Natural Gas. UKERC, Nov. 12, 2014
Will Nicols, Fracking no silver bullet for energy security or climate change, study says. Business Green, Nov. 12, 2014
Roger Harrabin, Ministers’ shale gas ‘hype’ attacked. BBC, Nov. 12, 2014

“”It is very frustrating to keep hearing that shale gas is going to solve our energy problems – there’s no evidence for that whatsoever… it’s hype,”” he said. “”It’s extraordinary that ministers keep making these statements. They clearly want to create a narrative. But we are researchers – we deal in facts, not narratives. And at the moment there is no evidence on how shale gas will develop in the UK.”””

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