What fractivist Emma Thompson does not seem to realize is natural gas and renewables work hand in hand; you do not have to choose between them.
Emma Thompson is truly, deeply and madly wrong about fracking. Here’s why. Firstly, the choice is not about shale, fracking or onshore natural gas instead of renewable energy. It’s quite obviously both and the example of the surging renewable investment in the US shows how natural gas isn’t crowding out green energy. Texas for example has both a lot of wind and a lot of gas. Both get along just fine. Think of Texas’s power grid as one big hybrid.
Wind provided 40 percent of Texas’s electricity for 17 straight hours one windy day in December.