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Fossil fuel firms use 'biased' study in massive lobbying push | Environment | The Guardian

Senior executives in the fossil fuel industry have launched an all-out assault on renewable energy, lobbying governments and business groups to reject wind and solar power in favour of gas, in a move that could choke the fledgling green energy industry.
Multinational companies including Shell, GDF Suez and Statoil are promoting gas as an alternative "green" fuel.
Central to the lobbying effort is a report claiming that the EU could meet its 2050 carbon targets €900bn more cheaply by using gas than by investing in renewables. But the Guardian has established that the analysis is based on a previous report that came to the opposite conclusion – that renewables should play a much larger role. The report being pushed by the fossil fuel industry has been disowned by its original authors who referred to it as "biased" in favour of gas.
For the last two months, company lobbyists have been besieging government officials in Europe, the US and elsewhere to push the report. Their efforts are being boosted through alliances with energy-intensive industries, which are joining in the pressure on government in the hope of securing cheap energy.
James Smith, outgoing UK chairman of Royal Dutch Shell, one of the leaders in the lobbying effort, said switching to gas would offer the world "a breathing space" in the battle against climate change.
This view was challenged by Prof David Mackay, chief scientific adviser to the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change. He told the Guardian: "You can't reach the [climate] targets like this - there is no way that switching to gas would solve the problem. I don't think it's really credible that gas is the only future."
Nobuo Tanaka, the executive director of the International Energy Agency, said: "Gas is potentially a game changer. But it is complementary to renewables, as it can be turned on and off quickly. It could be baseload power and we could turn off coal."
Jenny Banks, climate and energy policy officer at WWF-UK, called on the British government to halt shale gas exploration. "It would be ridiculous to encourage shale gas when in reality its greenhouse gas footprint could be as bad as or worse than coal. We need to reject this source of gas, and have a clear plan to move away from our dependency on fossil fuels and harness the full potential of renewable technologies."

The clash of religion and reality. Cheap gas is good for all of us, and it could be the saviour of the renewable sector. By having gas turbines at the ready to fire up every time the wind stops blowing and the sun goes behind a cloud we can keep these expensive reliquaries to worship at whilst keeping the lights on.

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You say "The clash of religion and reality. Cheap gas is good for all of us, and it could be the saviour of the renewable sector. By having gas turbines at the ready to fire up every time the wind stops blowing and the sun goes behind a cloud we can keep these expensive reliquaries to worship at whilst keeping the lights on., but think about what you said. If gas based electricity is there ready and waiting (and in fact consuming fuel anyway), why not just use this gas, which is reliable, instead of spending huge sums on the renewables infrastructure (god to worship), which is fundamentally unreliable.

Who in their right mind creates something hugely expensive that is bound to fail, and repeatedly, when they could create something a lot less expensive that is reliable. Would you buy a car based on that rationale? No, of course you wouldn't. Do you want your hospital or supermarket fridges/freezers to be powered by the unreliability of wind? No, thought not.

The sooner we all understand that CO2 is NOT the evil gas it's purported to be by the environmentalists, and the sooner the politicians stop being suckers for environmental rhetoric and hype trying and claim the moral high ground, the better. I am not however one that doesn't care for the environment, but being 'green' doesn't mean stopping all use of the resources we've been given in the earth, but using them responsibly. Man's welfare is more important than the environment, but that doesn't stop us caring for the environment. Life, and energy supply is not the black & white picture the environmentalists would have us think it is: renewables good, others bad. What is black & white however, is that renewables can never be economic, and that those who invest in them are mere speculators, hoping to make a fast and huge profit on that back of us, the now poorer tax and inflated energy cost payer, and those that believe in the hype are sadly deluded.

Choke the fledgling green energy industry?

They are beyond parody; all we have to do to choke their "industry" is make them stand or fall by their own cost base and on what people will voluntarily pay for their product.

Do you think they'll be in favour of trying the experiment?

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