Examples from other countries

Much-needed investment in renewable energy will not stop because of onshore oil and gas, as evidenced by other countries.  In the US for example, wind and solar generation and shale gas production have together grown quickly. Texas is the state with the second highest shale gas production, and the most wind generation. Between 2005 and 2016 electricity generation from wind increased by more than 11 times in the 18 shale gas producing states, making up almost 63% of the total wind generation in the US in 2016. Most importantly, EPA data shows overall CO2 emissions continue to fall, with emissions down nearly 10 percent between 2005 and 2014.

In contrast, German emissions increased in 2016 for a second year in a row as a result of the country closing one of its nuclear plants and replacing it with coal, a new Environmental Progress analysis finds. Germany added 10 percent more wind turbine capacity and 2.5 percent more solar panel capacity between 2015 and 2016, but generated less than one percent more electricity from wind and generated one percent less electricity from solar. The reason is that Germany had significantly less sunshine and wind in 2016 than 2015.

Millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide emitted between 1990 and 2014 by the UK and Germany (DE) (Source: Carbon Brief)

If exploratory drilling reveals a plentiful supply of UK shale gas reserves, is it not a moral duty for Britain to take responsibility for providing for our own gas needs from those supplies, rather than importing gas from elsewhere?

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