Go mad for Fracking – Lovelock

The Guardian

I wrote about the turn around in attitude of James Lovelock recently, now he has come out in favour of fracking:

The experience altered his attitude to the politics and economics of energy. Having already upset many environmentalists – for whom he is something of a guru – with his long-time support for nuclear power and his hatred of wind power (he has a picture of a wind turbine on the wall of his study to remind him how “ugly and useless they are”), he is now coming out in favour of “fracking”, the controversial technique for extracting natural gas from the ground. He argues that, while not perfect, it produces far less CO2 than burning coal: “Gas is almost a give-away in the US at the moment. They’ve gone for fracking in a big way. Let’s be pragmatic and sensible and get Britain to switch everything to methane. We should be going mad on it.”


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  • Richard McGrath

    I have nothing but respect for someone like Lovelock who can approach things with an open mind and change his position accordingly when the weight of evidence favours climate change as a natural phenomenon and fracking as a relatively safe procedure. 

  • Bob

    Lovelock also says in the article, “Proportional representation is a very bad idea and an absolute gift to ideologues.”