Gas and oil debated at Vail event 

Experts warn that glut of natural gas should not stop search for renewables

click to enlarge PHOTO BY ALLEN BEST - energetic debate Technological advances are making it easier than ever to extract fossil fuels that were previously difficult to pull out of the ground.
  • Photo BY allen best
  • energetic debate Technological advances are making it easier than ever to extract fossil fuels that were previously difficult to pull out of the ground.

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But she also emphasized that while the glut of natural gas provides breathing room, it cannot be used as an excuse for becoming less diligent about improving renewables.

"That would be a terrible, terrible mistake," she said.

For now, we're in a drilling frenzy. In his talk, Udall described drilling as the dominant land use in the United States, with one-sixth of the nation now leased for mineral extraction. And while the gas and oil is now flowing, he pointed out the enormous effort to get it. The amount of gas that Kuwait can extract using 35 wells in conventional resources, it takes 800 wells in the unconventional sands of Texas.

In other words, as we shift our electrical production to natural gas, and some of our transportation, too, we depend ever more on drilling that can be sustained, at least in the short term, but only by frantic drilling.

Allen Best writes about water and energy when he's not focused on mountain towns. He can be found at http://mountaintownnews.net.

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