Fracking good or fracking bad?

May 26, 2012 3 Comments by

This presentation was given at the Feasta climate weekend in Wales last month. Fracking – the use of unconventional methods for extracting natural gas- has become the subject of much controversy on both sides of the Atlantic as the energy industry lobbies for its widespread adoption. The presentation discusses its viability in terms of energy return on investment, its potential as a pollutant and its effect on climate change. You can download the powerpoint slides from this site now, along with the script for the presentation.

Download the powerpoint (ppt, 7 MB)
Script for Fracking talk (pdf)

Dec 1 note: We have replaced the featured image that we originally used with this article so as not to violate the copyright of its creators, the Analysis Group. It was a detailed 3D diagram explaining the mechanics of fracking. You can see it on the Analysis Group’s own website at

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About the author

Dr David Knight has parallel existences as: an academic scientist (Biophysics, Biochemistry, Ultrastructural Analysis); an activist with interests in climate change and civil and military nuclear power; an inventor of surgical devices based on silk; teacher of medical sciences and ecology; and sculptor. He is currently an Honorary Research Associate in Zoology at Oxford University and has held three visiting professorships and a visiting fellowship at MRC MBL Cambridge. He is interested in economics, theology and Jungian psychotherapy but has no expertise in these. He is has a lovely immediate family: wife, two children and five grandchildren. He is a contributor to Feasta's book Sharing for Survival.

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3 Responses to “Fracking good or fracking bad?”

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  2. David Knight says:

    Pleased you liked it Stephanie and hope it proves useful for spreading the word.