Shale Climate Impact debate: Don Siegel vs. Robert Howarth

Shale Climate Impact debate: Don Siegel vs. Robert Howarth

 Finally got ESF to post a debate from last December 2nd between Don Siegel and Robert Howarth, moderated by long-time ‘energy guru’ Charlie Hall. The video’s posted on Prof. Hall’s website:

http://www.esf.edu/EFB/hall/
(Right side, top: “Marcellus Shale Debate: Don Siegel & Robert W. Howarth”)

…An hour & 1/2 long video, worth watching entire.
Charlie is a top-notch moderator, and his students asked superb questions. Though the debaters start out addressing different concerns (Siegel ~ water & Howarth ~ climate impacts), they cover enough of same ground to widen the discussion.

Unlike some newscasts, you can stop & reposition video by time.
At ~ 40:15 minutes, Don says he’s come to like Bob’s paper.
Regarding the climate case for the next 20 years, Don basically admits Bob is likely right.

I think everyone, even the non-scientifically inclined, can learn much by watching this. No one was insulted or degraded, except maybe industry. What do you think, are the content and broader implications clear? Maybe R.Howarth could use some feedback.

Pete King

Debate on Fracking: Was Syracuse Right to Ban the Controversial Natural Gas Drilling Process?

Debate on Fracking: Was Syracuse Right to Ban the Controversial Natural Gas Drilling Process?.  Amy Goodman, Democracy Now  Nov. 4, 2011

  • Debate on Fracking: Was Syracuse Right to Ban the Controversial Natural Gas Drilling Process?

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    Ny_fracking_rally_webWe’re broadcasting live from Syracuse, which recently became the third city in New York state to ban the natural gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The Syracuse Common Council voted unanimously last week to ban fracking within city limits. They also voted to limit where wastewater from the fracking process can be stored. Fracking is controversial because it injects millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals deep into the earth in order to break up shale rock and release natural gas. Many feel this extraction process raises a myriad of human health and environmental issues. Supporters of fracking say it has led to an exponential increase in gas production and has not been harmful to either the environment or human health. To find out more about the issue of fracking, we host a discussion with three guests: Kathleen Joy, Syracuse Common Council majority leader, who led the city’s efforts to ban hydrofracking; Don Siegel, professor of earth sciences at Syracuse University; and Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper with the Council of Chiefs of the Onondaga Nation. [includes rush transcript]