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American shale gas boom

American shale gas booom

President Obama faces famous anti-fracking opponents

According to some, the shale gas bonanza in the US continues apace. On the other hand, there are voices casting doubt on its future. Controversy and strong emotions are also in evidence in relation to the fracking method of shale gas extraction. American President Barack Obama faces a growing number of anti-fracking opponents to his energy policy, including famous actors who have been recruited to the initiative “Artists against Fracking”. Here we provide an opposing overview of their arguments and the position adopted by Barack Obama with regard to shale gas extraction.


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Shale gas

Energy revolution or disaster?

Drill, Baby, Drill: This imperative from energy policy makers is seen by many in the US as the best answer to the question of how to assure energy supplies in the future. However, doubts about the policy are gathering momentum. The US has invested massively in shale gas production and in 2012 was able to offer energy at unbeatably low prices. Since then, many experts have come to see shale gas as unprofitable in the long term as the sources of this controversial energy supply become exhausted.



Interview with Dr. Michael A. Levi from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

"Hydraulic fracturing can be done dangerously or safely"

The number of reports and articles describing the shale gas revolution in the United States and the fracking method of extraction is mounting. However, much of this information makes use of half-truths and highly emotive language. In the words of the international analyst Michael A. Levi, we at last have someone who can bring a modicum of objectivity to the subject based on his observations in the field.


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Guest editorials

The American energy price advantage

Rising energy costs are alarming European and German companies. Guest editorials by Emma Marcegaglia, President of the Federation of European Employers BUSINESSEUROPE, and Mario Ohoven, President of the Federal Association of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (BMVW), describe just how concerned they are. Both complain about the threat to their ability to compete with American companies arising out of the low cost of energy in the US. They demand that both the European Union and the German federal government reverse their current course on energy policy as soon as possible. more...

Interview with energy expert Prof. Volker Quaschning

Poor prospects for shale gas in Europe

Shale gas has little future in Europe, prophesies energy expert Prof. Volker Quaschning. In the long term, the countries that will be best off will be "those that were first to wean themselves off fossil fuels," adds Prof. Quaschning in an interview with International Trade News. more...

Fracking debate in Germany

Deceptive calm

A measure of calm seems to have settled on the subject of shale gas extraction in Germany ahead of the elections to the federal parliament – or is it just the calm before the storm to come following the elections? In June, a law intended to regulate shale gas extraction proposed by the governing coalition of conservatives and liberals failed to be passed. International Trade News put the question of what will happen after 22 September to FDP Euro-MP Holger Krahmer and the Green MP Oliver Krischer. more...

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