Professor Roy Thompson discusses his research into UK oil and gas reserves on Radio Ecoshock.
"A new study published by the Edinburgh Geological Society finds the UK’s oil and gas reserves “will run out within a decade“. The lead author is Professor Roy Thompson from the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences.
When the North Sea oil and gas fields were discovered, 50 years ago, the United Kingdom became an energy power and even an energy exporter. Today the offshore fields are running low and production has plummeted. Thompson predicts offshore oil and gas production by the UK will dwindle below anything meaningful within 10 years.
But politicians, in both England and Scotland have a ready answer! Fracking will save the economy, and they say, help the environment too! They promise greenhouse gases will be reduced when electricity and other energy task are converted to “cleaner” burning gas. They tell the public fracking will be the next energy bonanza and base public policy, energy security and financial planning on it’s success. Thompson however has studied the geology. That doesn’t look good for the UK. There are very few places in either England or Scotland where fracking can be expected to produce results. Those oil and gas bearing rocks simply are not there, no matter what politicians say.
The real answer is to use the time of dwindling fossil fuel reserves to convert to renewable energy. That’s the real way to power Scotland."
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