Sunday, November 06, 2011

Fracking hell

Counting Cats has a good article up about the hysteria surrounding shale gas fracking. As an amusing diversion, I thought that I'd have a look at Frack Off—the campaign site for those with absolutely fuck all idea about science or economics.

These morons do not seem to be simply against fracking, mind you...
The UK is also threatened by a massive expansion in opencast coal mining, deep water oil drilling in the North Sea, Coal Bed Methane and a new generation of even more dangerous nuclear power stations.

So, essentially, these people are against any kind of reasonable power supply at all. So, please, when your granny freezes to death this winter—either because she can't pay the fuel bills, or because the super wind turbines have failed to actually deliver any power—do remember to send a Thank You card to Frack Off.

Personally, however, the most eloquent monument to the complete stupidity of those running Frack Off is the comment that they have let stand on their front page. It purports to be front a Gillian Craig and runs thusly: [Emphasis mine.]
From the first time I heard about this operation some months ago I was concerned, not having a scientific mind in any way whatsoever but quite a logical one, I started questioning about the void left by fracking and then finding out that the void is filled with water, which is not the natural substance to replace gas in the void created. Water is not a solid substance and will move and soak away, I am certainly not surprised that earth tremors have been associated with this practice. STOP IT NOW

There you go people—"water is not a solid substance". Whereas, of course, gas is. Er...

Still, Gillian Craig is right about one thing: she really doesn't have "a scientific mind in any way whatsoever"—although her claim to have "quite a logical one" is belied by the sheer, rampant stupidity of her remarks.

What's really funny, though, is that if you note the link, you'll see that Gillian's spouting is comment #11—but it is the only one that appears on that page. Which means that this was the best comment that they could find and that at least another 10 disappeared down the memory hole (presumably because the commenters disagreed with Frack Off).

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is all that you need to know about the arseholes at Frack Off: that they don't tolerate free speech, they tout the stupidity of people like Gillian Craig, they are pig-ignorant about science and economics, and that they think that 2,700 people dying of cold every winter just isn't a big enough death toll.

What a lovely bunch they must be.


Oldrightie said...

Fracking is our new North Sea. Once the shits in Government realise that here is another tax revenue to to rape and pillage it will go ballistic. Our fuel bills will still be exorbitant, of course.
We will be as well off as we never have been with oil revenue!

john in cheshire said...

A new North Sea? This time around, we'd better beware of the EU; they're likely to claim it all for themselves. And our stupid socialist politicians (liblabcon) will willing allow them to do so.

Anonymous said...

Anybody know who Frack Off are.

absolutely no names, etc..

I bet it is just the usual suspect, from for Campaiagn against Climate Change, or Greenpeace, etc,etc,etc

Let me know if you find out anything @realclim8gate

Anonymous said...

Ironically I've been in favour of shale extraction for some time and yet I've just read a news alert concerning a strong quake in Oklahoma measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale.
Hmmn, makes you think.
Here's the link:

The Filthy Engineer said...

"water is not a solid substance"

Just try and compress it then, Gillian.

necronaut said...

The water/sand/acid is pumped in to hydraulically prise open seams, not to flush out gas afaik. So your displacing rock with liquid, not gas with liquid.

Dick Puddlecote said...

Anon @ 6:49: Any shale under San Francisco? Hope so. ;)

Mr Ecks said...

Oklahoma had eartquakes of equal size in 1952 and 1959--long before fracking. No big deal.

Anonymous said...

Frack off you ignorant cunts!

Sorry, but that just says it in a nutshell. I hope the idiots freeze to death this winter.

northern smoker said...

I was wondering if you folks have ever heard of a couple of guys called Mike Ruppert and Dave McGowan?
Bella might have.
I've been browsing McGowans website this weekend so I thought this would be on topic.
McGowan makes a strong case for oil being abiotic.The people who push the notion of
Peak oil
are the people holding the taps.
Might be a bit too tinfoil for some,but he seems like an honest journalist,easy to read and quite compelling.
The Laurel canyon section is a must read for anyone who likes 60s music.

Anonymous said...

For those old enough to remember the north sea oil discovery and being told "your gas bills will be minimum"this will be the same the gas will be sold on the open market with no benefit to the general public.

Lynne said...

Thanks for the hat tip, DK. Greatly appreciated. :D

Unknown said...

Opposing fracking = bad

People should not worry - our Government and their corporate colleagues have our best interests at heart and would tell us if there was a potential danger. There can be no doubt about that. At all.

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James said...

Don't be surprised to find that astro-turfing cunts are receiving 'help' from the Co-op.

Peter Carter-Fuck said...

What are these "even more dangerous" nuclear reactors the eco-barmpots are talking about? More dangerous than what? Freezing to death in winter? More dangerous than a Soviet era RBMK? The designs of cars, televisions, aircraft and everything else has advanced since the 1950s. Do these loons think the nuclear industry, of all industries, has decided to make "more dangerous" reactors? They really need to cut back on the magic mushrooms.

Anonymous said...

At least the Select Committee seem to be taking a sensible view:

Anonymous said...

Just in case you missed it, the wonderful Mr Huhne has a fabulous article on why wind turbines and Russian gas are better than home-grown shale gas.

He is so my favouritest MP. And I am never sarcastic.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Mr Angry said...

Eco Lunacy, and climate and energy hysteria, are of course the new religions of the moronic left. They needed something to replace the completely discredited, and utterly failed, economic socialism as their article of faith and having failed to succeed in claiming anti racism as theirs and theirs alone then moved on to Green wingnuttery.

It is all watermelon stuff: green on the outside but flaming red on the inside!

Gareth said...

My only concern about fracking would be potential contamination of local water sources.

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