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U.S. Court Judges Confess to Bias in Crazy Greenhouse Gas Emissions Case

Three federal judges admit to being biased in favor of a government agency when granting a landmark decision in favor of caps and taxes on “greenhouse gas” emissions. Court rules Earth’s atmosphere does act like a greenhouse after all.

Seal of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Seal of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

In a shock landmark ruling (June 26, 2012) the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit throws out a key pro-industry petition challenging restrictions on industrial emissions of carbon dioxide and other so-called “greenhouse gases.” EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson called the decision a “strong validation” of the approach the agency has taken. In contrast, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) reacted angrily,“The Obama administration is attempting to regulate greenhouse gases in the absence of legislation.”

The 81-page decision affirms that on the science of man-made global warming the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is the one and only arbiter when a case goes to trial. Completely taking the EPA’s word on the science, the court was satisfied that “greenhouse gases in the atmosphere may reasonably be anticipated both to endanger public health and to endanger public welfare.”As such, say the judges, the EPA is not contravening the Clean Air Act by radically limiting industrial emissions of carbon dioxide.

Judges Admit Bias In Favor of EPA Alarmism

Despite the gravity of the case, all three judges involved admit to their utter “bias” in favor of the federal agency on the science. The court panel admits, “we give an extreme degree of deference to the agency when it is evaluating scientific data within its technical expertise.” Crassly, the court further decided that Earth’s atmosphere does act “like a greenhouse” to the consternation of scientists not on the government payroll.

To add salt to the wound, The DC Circuit Court of Appeals actually cited a YouTube cartoon video in its effort to assist EPA break the law with respect to greenhouse gas regulation (H/T: junkscience.com).

The findings have also caught skeptics of man-made global warming off guard at a time when they were still rejoicing at the collapse the Rio+20 Climate Summit last week. If the petitioners had known from the outset that this would be the approach of the judges then they could have saved themselves the time and huge expense.

As such, this breathtaking ruling is set to trigger a backlash among all those opposed to the creeping rise in crippling new environmental regulations. This is because all U.S. courts will be required to recognize the EPA has ultimate “technical expertise” in such matters. As such President Obama has succeeded in bypassing Congress in getting his rubber stamp for more climate taxes and more junk science on the public dole.

The EPA now has the legal green light to pursue those related environmental policies of President Obama. Obama, up for re-election later this year, already failed to drive carbon dioxide (CO2) limiting legislation through Congress earlier in his presidency. Now he has succeeded by other means via the EPA regulations that had previously determined CO2 is a “pollutant” via the Clean Air Act.

On Page 16 the Decision reads, “We begin with a brief primer on greenhouse gases. As their name suggests, when released into the atmosphere, these gases act  “like the ceiling of a greenhouse, trapping solar energy and retarding the escape of reflected heat.”

Repeatedly, the judges employed direct citations from prior related judgments going back to 2007, including Massachusetts v. EPA, 549 U.S. at 505 whereby “Many scientists believe that mankind’s greenhouse gas emissions are driving this climate change.” Such citations read like a turgid regurgitation of hackneyed and outmoded alarmist claims painted in a legal gloss.

The “many scientists” appears to be a reference to 53 authority statements explicitly declaring Earth’s atmosphere “acts like a greenhouse” as peddled by those (government-funded) institutions sold on the GHE warming scam as shown here.

The defeated petitioners had argued (rightly) that the Act allows only endangerment issues and cannot be misused by governments to advance government policy. The petition was created by a consortium of business interests identified as the Coalition for Responsible Regulation, Inc. et al. But (according to the court) the petitioners lost because the court did not find that the EPA was using the Clean Air Act for policy purposes.

However, the ruling opens up a can of worms, not just for the EPA but for the federal government as a whole because of the glaring holes in the science presented. For example, of no import in these proceedings was how 400,000 years of Vostok ice core data and three decades of satellite records prove carbon dioxide cannot be shown to drive Earth’s temperatures.

Increasingly, leading climatologists and dozens of other specialist scientists are considering all the evidence that proves that “gas does not equal glass” and thereby discrediting the EPA’s position on “greenhouse” science. But the court stated that such references to skeptical science constituted “ a semantic trick” because the federal court determines it only has to listen to federal (tax payer) bought and paid for science. Debate was never allowed to range outside the closed shop of (government) climatology, an infant field comprised of Earth scientists (aka Environmental scientists) perceived as less academically gifted among those working in the pure sciences of physics, chemistry and medicine – perhaps the staunchest critics of EPA junk science.

In recent years more concerned independent researchers from those biological and chemical sciences have tried to carefully examine how government climatologists arrived at their findings, they have been blocked; while evidence uncovered controverting the alarmist position is routinely ignored. Frustrations grow as real-world evidence proves that rising levels of CO2 are not causing rises in temperatures. But the U.S. government continues apace with it’s revisionism of the history of radiation and the false greenhouse heat trapping paradigm.

Does American Law Now Serve the Government, Not the People?

Inexplicably, the court accepted the right of the EPA to promulgate the Tailoring Rule which is premised on the assertion that “greenhouse gases” (inferring “human” source) are emitted in far greater volumes than “other pollutants.” Such an assertion would be considered arbitrary and capricious to those better versed in the full scientific arguments. While even your average high school student can still correctly identify that the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is a mere 0.04 percent and is thus correctly termed a trace gas.

With this ruling another arm of government (the judiciary) joins the EPA looking foolish as it clings onto the “Endangerment Finding” ruling under 74 Fed. Reg. 66,496 (Dec. 15, 2009) which ruled carbon dioxide was an “air pollutant” and thus a “long-lived and directly-emitted greenhouse gas…which is reasonably anticipated to endanger public health and welfare.”

Dismissing the petition this blinkered court added that the EPA had not contravened the Clean Air Act because its measures on CO2 were not “arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, or otherwise not in accordance with the law.” The court accepted the actions of the EPA were reasonable because the “agency’s answer is based on a permissible construction of the statute.”

As such, with a sweep of a pen the elite of the American legal system affirms that Earth’s atmosphere simulates the glass barrier of a greenhouse. By contrast, if taxpayers were served by an “unbiased” court we would see honest judges favoring the actual physical evidence rather than closed-minded administrators, self-serving bureaucrats trumpeting dodgy computer models. Instead, the federal court performed a cop out and with extreme bias endorsed a fellow arm of federal government (the EPA) for the sole purpose of harming American industry and raising taxes. This one-sided and pro-alarmist judgment proves once again that the lunatics and tax-craving bureaucrats are running the U.S. government asylum. If we let them get away with this then we can say goodbye to pursuing any civil claim against our biased government. All I can say is, roll on voting day!

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Earth Mother Moonshine Condemns Rio ‘Sustainability’ Summit

The Rio Earth Summit (June 2012) will go down in history as the moment the global elite tossed global warming into the trashcan of political irrelevance and went all out for sustainability. Selling species destruction as the “greatest threat” to planet Earth becomes the UN’s last desperate pitch for population control and global governance under UN Agenda 21.

The Earth Mother Wants Your Dollars

The Earth Mother Wants Your Dollars

Last week Rio+20 conference organizers candidly conceded that sustainable development and biodiversity might now be an “easier sell” than their junk gambit on climate change. As such, the UN and it’s NGO accomplices, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, etc. signal a wholesale change in their Big Green marketing strategy. Nonetheless, stark evidence was on show of Mother Earth religionists still hell bent on using scare tactics and alarm – rather than hard science – to persuade us all to give up our dreams of a better life by exploiting industrial and technological advances.

Global Feudalism is what Mother Earth Asks of Us

Frankly, any and all industrial growth is anathema to those who worship at the UN altar to the earth goddess, Gaia. Our planet’s richest left-leaning billionaires are very much at the fore of this crazy crusade. Global feudalism, where the serfs are lorded over by a tiny elite, became the key UN goal under play maker, Maurice Strong and advanced with vigor after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989. Ever since, the UN’s skewed brand of environmentalism has been a productive recruiting sergeant to advance a one-world agenda. So pervasive has the threat from Agenda 21 become that in 2011 even Democrats in America, alongside Republicans and libertarians rose to fight this new menace.

Better known irreverently as “watermelons” (green on the outside, very red inside) the mindset of such environmentalist zealotry may be better appreciated by simply viewing this CFACT video that reveals “Mother Earth” worship as an entrenched belief at the UN Summit. Spiritualism rather than materialism – belief over evidence – is what these delegates preach. In particular, listen to the panelist (2:30 onwards) as she signifies this clear shift of emphasis from “man-made global warming” to “biodiversity.” This is but a parallel path to steer us towards the very same radical green goals: global governance and population control.

Up until now a semblance of a scientific veneer was given to the proceedings by the fledgling research discipline of climatology, conscripted wholesale to become well-paid bedfellows of the UN’s shamans and mystics. It worked until the worst offenders succeeded in alienating honest scientists from this charlatanism. Global warming “science” peddled by the likes of Michael Mann and James Hansen became such an embarrassment that Rio was made over to be all about “sustainability” instead.

Nonetheless, Rio+20 conference speakers prove ‘Agenda 21’ – the UN’s mission statement for global governance – is alive and well despite being dressed in new green clothes. Instead of global warming, species extinction is the new scare story to get us -all kneeling at the altar of Mother Earth ersatz-speak for One World UN-elected government

Species Extinction is an Evolutionary Process

Mother Earth fanatics remain as woefully weak on scientific insight as ever, deluded in their belief that our planet’s climate and environment are inherently stable and would remain so absent any human “interference.” But confounding that dogma is thousands of scientists (outside of climatology) that collectively understand, from their own science training, just how life on this planet is constantly evolving as part of a never-ending chaotic flux. Such scientists are apparently less afraid of Malthusian prophecy and unimpressed by ‘Limits to Growth’ – the bible of the self-serving rich elite.

Humanity (and our evolutionary rise) is intrinsic to Life, not an adjunct to it and science has no place for Mother Earth mysticism. If the UN must adhere to this unscientific creed then scientists will further be alienated from the debate as the subjective whims of the shamans and high priests of environmentalism altogether replace logic and reason.

We should understand that the most wondrous creation so far found in the universe is the human mind; the quintessence of which is science and reason. This is what has allowed us to fulfil our non-random potential and escape extinction.  Of course, we know that other species might randomly and accidentally escape extinction for long periods, but none will escape extinction when our sun expires, and 99.999% of species on Earth today will not it make it that far – not least homo sapiens.

Human Advancement Embodies Evolutionary Progression

Only a species with an evolved conscious has the potential to escape extinction and aspire to represent an immortal species. Our universe compels us in time to follow the process of evolution where the creative conscious and reflective human mind is the current epitome of the apex of life. We see homo sapiens have been invested with something exceptional by nature. We have been divested of fur, of claws, of stamina, of strength, of fangs, etc., and no combination of those things is as powerful as the conscious mind evolved – and still evolving – over millennia. Our minds help us foresee and circumvent danger. Our skepticism is a concomitant constant in our search for truth. One such danger we have faced and are overcoming is the lie of dystopian green collectivism as embodied in Agenda 21.

These lies were spawned in earnest since the mid 1970’s when an un-elected Maurice Strong was made Secretary General of the Earth Summit, and the UN cloaked its anti-freedom, anti-intellectual ‘Agenda 21’ in the green religious garb trimmed with a scientific veneer. Emeritus Professor John D. Trudel, in his post Chains of Law is one of many analysts who forewarned of how Strong’s Agenda 21 was going to be radically mobilized by a compliant band of “useful idiots” who unquestioningly worshipped at Strong’s now sullied altar of “Mother Earth.”

The UN congregation at each of these climate conferences gleefully embraces climate change alarmism to mount a direct-frontal attack on the human mind, and therefore on human existence itself. 

UN Crimes Unpunished

But high priest Strong,who also orchestrated the 1992 Rio conference and is  godfather of the environmental movement was implicated in the theft of $1 million from the UN’s ‘Oil-for-Food-Program.’ Strong fled to China to evade prosecution. His partner in crime, George Soros then came to the fore. Ever since, the Strong-Soros plan to condemn us all to feudalism under Agenda 21 has been vigorously opposed by those of us determined to research and resist. Retaining our instinct for freedom and desire to shape the universe around us to augment our probability of survival, we fought the Strong-Soros plan to steal our only evolutionary advantage; a conscious and fully engaged mind with the ability to shape our environment to augment our survival. This is the only evident evolutionary purpose in having a mind and any other species would do the same, if it could. 

Other freethinking from the wider world of science, engineering, mathematics, etc. are now increasingly coming together in such bodies as Principia Scientific International. They do so to find union to better advance the Renaissance concept of the human mind as the vessel to steer ourselves to a better existence exploiting the full powers given to us by nature. The mind is the only thing that matters in this universe because the universe will forget every single other species without mind as they fall to inevitable extinction.  Extinction is the norm and an inescapable end for everything – except possibly for a more evolved humanity.

Skepticism Advances as Green Dogma Falters

 With so much of what comes out of the UN tainted with the stench of corruption what does the (skeptical) mind do? It reacts and adapts. As if it were a species in it’s own right the skeptical mind engages in a form of biomigration of atoms (individuals) and first defends itself then battles against the cancerous climate creed as if it was an unwelcome new organism. As the fraud and fakery in climate science has been exposed we see a modification of the debate just as nature transforms inert lithospheric components into biospheric resources. 

This is what every living thing does and “balance” will be restored in our time just as species survive in a geologic epoch. But for the corrupt UN there is no balance, because they- like other maladaptive species – are found out. Thus they face going extinct, and just as the lithospheric and biospheric systems, must adapt or die.  The skeptical human mind wields this power as a willful and conscious and purposeful act, for augmenting the probability of its survival, in real time, and quickly.

Thus we define the green religion of the UN as a species on the cusp of extinction.  Any species that was a “greenie” in the past is extinct, and is guaranteed to go extinct.  No living thing can survive without modifying the environment around it; this always permanently changes the system, and there has never been any equilibrium because the system has always been changing and species have always been going extinct.

Greens Embody Limits to Growth

The UN and their NGO green partners aren’t attacking humans with bullets, knives, or wars (well, perhaps some are). But they are attacking humans at a much more fundamental and lethal level: they are attacking the most important characteristic we have evolved: our ability to consciously, actively and radically modify our environment to augment our survival. 

We have manifested our augmentations in material form wielding tools to shape bridges, canals, vehicles, airplanes, high-productivity/high density agriculture and animal husbandry, roadways, ships, etc; all these are augmented in the healthy mind by art, philosophy, science, engineering, education, etc. 

What scientists and engineers outside of the Big Green movement condemn is what “green power” represents.  Going to wind/solar represents a direct assault in the power of the human mind, in the ability of the mind and the human species to live beyond the limitations set by the inert lithosphere.  It is a decrease in the energy flux density controlled by the species, and 7 billion of us could NOT survive with this type of power.  It is as simple as that: wind and solar cannot support 7 billion people and it cannot support high technology.  It is very simply and very directly, genocidal.  It’s a fantastic farce, a total trick: using modern technology to go backwards.  And then once you go backwards, once you lose the high energy flux density technology and lose the population, then you go backwards even more, because there will be nothing to support and repair the wind and solar technology. 

Our Minds Make Energy Nature’s Endless Bounty

Wind and solar technology can only be produced from nuclear and “fossil-fuel” power.  It is an evolutionary dead end, just what the greenies want for humanity as a whole.  They hate the mind, they hate evolution, they hate what evolution produces, they hate all living matter in fact because all living matter radically modifies the environment, even the lowliest bacterium.  They hate their own existence.  They are a pestilence unto themselves, and they hate themselves for it.

 High-density-energy production is one of the most fundamental manifestations of the mind that augments its probability for survival, its power of survival, and its well-being.  There is no more obvious direct attack on the human mind, on evolution and the teleology of the universe itself, than the greenie push towards low-density-energy production and usage.  The greenies want us to live at the biological standard of the lithosphere, which is no standard at all!: the wind, the random wind, and the random sunshine getting through the clouds. 

The only thing the mind is good for is for allowing its host to live beyond such limitations of the lithosphere and the biosphere: to live in the noosphere.  The noosphere ultimately does the exact same things as the lithosphere and biosphere – the biogenic migration of atoms, and the modification of the environment – it just does it a lot more efficiently, and with intent…the willful intent to survive.  And this is what the greenies are attacking.  They are a worse threat to human kind than an asteroid.

The green movement that now drives the UN is trying to delete the human mind. It serves a Malthusian Mother Earth that is negative and finite and blind to human ingenuity and optimism.  As such the Earth Mother concept is anti-intellectual, anti-progress. It offers us ‘Agenda 21’ as a creed built on stagnation and decline which is the ultimate evil; a contradiction to the very basis of existence itself.  They want and desire zero progress, and zero is exactly where they will end up. But the history of evolution tells us no species can fight existence on such a fundamental level and win – the fundamental teleology of the dynamic and ever-changing universe will wipe you out without having even noticed.

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UN Climate Scientists Plead for Immunity from Criminal Prosecution

Climate researchers working for the United Nations have issued an astonishing plea for immunity from prosecution. Government-funded personnel sought the ruling on the eve of the latest round of international climate talks scheduled for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (June 20, 2012).

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) issued it’s formal request for immunity from prosecution to “protect” researchers who have provided “evidence” supportive of the man-made global warming scare story. The perplexing plea will likely reverberate throughout the general scientific community as further affirmation that many climate scientists were not conducting honest research after all. John Bolton, a former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, questioned the motives, “The creeping expansion of claims for privileges and immunities protection for UN activities is symptomatic of a larger problem.”

High Price of Get Out of Jail Free Card

Especially worrisome is that in conjunction with the application for a sweeping “get out of jail free card” for all it’s scientists the UNFCCC is remorselessly promoting a mammoth Green Climate Fund, intended to help mobilize as much as $100 billion a year for projects to lower global greenhouse gases. At the Rio conference the UN plans to trumpet a new draft planning and agenda document, “The Future We Want,” that will compel American families to pay $1,325 per year to “stop” climate change.

Bolton, alongside many savvy taxpayers, is right to worry when such an organization seeking to manage a $100 billion a year fund based on dodgy science is at the same time demanding immunity from prosecution.  Can you think of  a better recipe for corruption?

Worse yet, climatologists have never provided any credible evidence to back their doomsaying claims that Earth’s climate is ‘catastrophically’ warming due to human emissions of carbon dioxide. Indeed, if anything the most telling graph of U.S. temperatures, as per the latest NOAA/NCDC temperature dataset, shows cooling for the last 15 years (H/T: C3Headlines). Regardless of all such facts the Obama Administration strongly supports the Green Climate Fund and its tax-hiking objective.

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Climate Fraud Akin to Banking Fraud?

But critics argue the worst climate crime has been inflicted upon the poorest among us who are carrying the can for the global experiment into biofuels – Big Green’s alternative to CO2-emitting oil and coal. The least well off in our communities have been hit hardest by increased food and energy prices as biofuel production supplants food production – all at a time when well-funded climatologists continue to oppose any and all independent auditing of their computer climate models. It is little wonder such ‘scientists’ are increasingly cast in the same shadow as Wall Street banksters. Worse still, latest evidence from independent researchers here, here and here proves CO2 is not the bad guy and the greenhouse gas effect (GHE), the very cornerstone of global warming science, probably doesn’t exist.

Importantly, an increasing number of scientists  are affirming the new findings which demonstrate it’s not possible for CO2 –  or any so-called “greenhouse” gas –  to “trap” energy in Earth’s atmosphere – a frequently cited claim of global warming alarmists. Critics of the GHE say the latest findings comport with satellite data and indicate that Earth emits as much infrared heat as it receives from the sun and thereby proves there is no magical atmospheric effect in play making our planet warmer than it would otherwise be.  Despite these groundbreaking new findings dozens of government agencies are avoiding addressing them. Instead they remain contentedly clamped to the teat of the climate cash cow issuing ever more apocalyptic statements while insisting that our atmosphere really does act “like a greenhouse.”

Shamelessly, these “scientists” sustain the sham wholesale in their well funded institutions where, despite billions in funding, they still use outdated computer programs that model Earth as a flat disk lit by constant and frigid twilight. This government “flat earth modeling technique” has persisted since the early 1980’s when computers had far less processing power than today. But by stubbornly keeping their antiquated calculating method this embattled clique of climatologists think they can continue to get away with a fudge factor in their numbers that contrives an additional heating anomaly which they claim is the “trapped” energy of the GHE.

But 21st Century satellite and computing power is leaving the charlatans with no room to hide their bad accounting practices. For too long this tight-knit climate science community has gotten away with conducting a phony debate that only disputed the amount of warming from CO2. Never did they question the so-called “settled science” of the GHE  – a monumental intellectual travesty.

Adept critics say that by sticking to their outmoded flat earth physics formula  climatologists thus  avoid the otherwise inconvenient fact that the sun actually shines on only half the planet. Is this important? Yes, because in our age of super computers, to continue to treat Earth as if it were a flat disk is a needless statistical anomaly (or perhaps a deliberate trick?). Climatologists thereby hide the fact that all gases in our atmosphere help to distribute solar energy around the globe and thus cool our planet. Without such gases the sun-facing side of our earth would become unbearably hot and the dark-side of our earth would be unbearably cold;  an undeniable moderating effect by those gases (including carbon dioxide) that counters the pseudo scientific claims of the UN that more CO2 in the atmosphere results in more warming.

As eminent South African professor, Will Alexander recently stated (14 May 2012):

“The real tragedy is that the global warming community have showed no signs of changing their ways and entering into multidisciplinary discussions in a field where they have neither knowledge nor experience. Do they not realise that they have antagonised those of us in the engineering and applied sciences to the extent that we no longer trust their motives based on their attempts to silence all those who have contrarian views, and their deliberate departures from the truth?“

 Freethinkers Oppose Flat Earth Climate Physics

Independent scientists such as those at Principia Scientific International (PSI) echo Professor Alexander’s words. It is concerned specialists from outside scientific disciplines and better skilled in math and thermodynamics who are the most outspoken. They say there is no excuse for the continued use of  any computer model that treats Earth as a flat disk. They argue it is this ‘flat Earth physics,’ left uncorrected for so long, that has grown like a cancer infecting all corners of the infant science of  ‘climatology.’

Now the penny drops with the UNFCCC. They understand that climate scientists have failed to prove their man-made global hypothesis and are facing increased legal scrutiny. Lawyers are sharpening their legal minds to dissect from the UN’s bloated climate science body the malignant tumor of man-made global warming.  If the UNFCCC  legal immunity gambit can be resisted we may yet see criminal prosecutions for the worst offenders in the climate fraud.

Regardless of any such remedy Third World starvation –  a byproduct of asinine international climate policy over biofuels  – will further increase as basic food staples continue to disappear. Such “progress” inflicted on us by the climate strategists to needlessly cut carbon emissions, has already accounted for the irrecoverable loss of six percent of all arable land. Thanks to the greed and hubris of a rich elite eager to profit from trade in carbon credits,  global hunger skyrockets unabated and the masses remain otherwise duped by a dilettante mainstream media that still wants to believe it was for the noble cause of  “sustainability” and “saving the planet.”

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Gas Rebranded as Green Energy by EU

British newspaper, The Guardian, is running a game-changer of a story that the European Union has re-branded gas as green energy. The uber pro-green national daily decries this a “Victory for gas lobby” and claims  €80bn of EU innovation program money will now go to more shale gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking.’

The respected International Energy Agency  has been swift to declare this a new “golden age for gas” predicting that gas ‘fracking’ will now triple by 2035. Analysts see this as the defining moment when international policymakers  irrevocably switch from pro-green concerns in favor of more pressing economic needs for cheaper energy.

Diagram of Gas Fracking Process

Diagram of Gas Fracking Process

Fracking is the process of pressurized extraction of natural gas from shale rock layers deep within the earth. Fracking allows natural gas extraction in shale that was once unreachable with conventional technologies. One of the biggest advances in drilling technology is the innovative use of three-dimensional imaging to help engineers pinpoint the precise locations for drilling.

Also, by a process of horizontal drilling (along with traditional vertical drilling) precise injection of highly pressurized fracking fluids may be made into the shale beds. This opens new channels within the rock from which natural gas is extracted at higher than traditional rates. This advanced drilling process can take several weeks as boreholes go down more than a mile into the Earth’s surface. Extraction engineers encase the spent borehole with cement to ensure groundwater protection. Industry experts say there is low and acceptable risk of groundwater contamination from chemicals added to the fracking fluids. Some environmental groups, such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth are furiously opposed to this EU U-turn insisting the fracking innovation can never be truly “green.”

The Frack Off website is proclaiming, ““Fracking is a nightmare! Toxic and radioactive water pollution. Tap water you can set on fire. Earthquakes. Runaway climate change. To produce expensive gas that will soon run out. So why are we doing it?”

The EU announcement coincides with the once pro-green Spanish government  also abandoning the green energy lobby. In Britain shale gas exploration is at a very early stage. So far Cuadrilla Resources has conducted test drilling in Lancashire. But hopes are high that Britain can follow fracking successes in the United States  where, according to the International Energy Agency, US energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide have fallen 450m tonnes over the past five years.

Both Cuadrilla and independent sources confirm there is possibly more than 200 trillion cubic feet of “shale” gas in the Bowland basin, which could result in a Lancashire gas boom creating 5,600 jobs at peak production.

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