The US Energy Information Administration estimates that between 2010 and 2040 global energy consumption will grow by 56%. How is the world going to meet this demand? As fossil fuel reserves dwindle, shale gas is looking like a viable alternative. But are the risks associated with its extraction too high or can those risks be avoided? Three experts share their view point.
Professor Mohammed M. Amro, Director of the Institute for Drilling Engineering and Fluid Mining at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg in Germany, and Bas Eickhout, Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Green Party, present the two sides of the argument and discuss what role shale gas should have in meeting our energy needs. BASF Board member Dr. Harald Schwager explains why the production of shale gas pays off, not just in economic terms.