Administrator of NaturalGas2.0, NoHotAir and ShaleGasInfo Blogs
Nick Grealy looks back and realizes the need to look ahead and reimagine just what world we can have, if we but dare to grasp the natural gas vision.
Effective immediately my Twitter name will no longer be @shalegasexpert. From now on, you can follow me via @ReImagineGas. Here’s why:
Like many doubters, I didn’t think much of Twitter five years ago when someone set up the account for me. A year later I discovered I had 350 followers after never using it. It’s just reached 8,400 followers, the majority in the USA and the UK, and, like me, spread thin but wide internationally.
But, the name has outlived it’s usefulness. It did perhaps grate on some, and I’ve never meant to be more than an evangelist for shale gas. Neither I nor anyone else can be an expert in everything. After all, almost every “expert”, sympathetic or not to natural gas, considered shale gas extraction impossible on technical, commercial, environmental or acceptance grounds.
Most of all, @shalegasexpert has died along with the idea of what was called “unconventional” natural gas. Especially so in the UK perhaps, any notion that something is “unconventional” is the kiss of death. It’s a small step from there to “controversial” and then down the slippery slope to scares and myths.