As you see stories of skyrocketing natural gas prices in Europe, and increasing dependence on Russia, know that all of this was totally preventable had so many European countries not foolishly banned the greatest natural gas producing technology ever invented: fracking.

Foolish fracking ban 1: France

Gas-dependent France has banned fracking for natural gas since 2011.…
Foolish fracking ban 2: Bulgaria

Gas-dependent Bulgaria has banned fracking for natural gas since 2012.…
Foolish fracking ban 3: The Netherlands

The gas-dependent Netherlands has effectively banned fracking for natural gas since 2015.…
Foolish fracking ban 4: Germany

Gas-dependent Germany has banned fracking for natural gas since 2017.…
Foolish fracking ban 5: Ireland

Gas-dependent Ireland has banned fracking for natural gas since 2017.…
Foolish fracking ban 6: The UK

The gas-dependent UK has banned fracking for natural gas via a moratorium since 2019.…
Foolish fracking ban 7: Spain

Earlier this year, gas-dependent Spain joined other European nations in foolishly banning fracking for natural gas, as well.…
All the European nations that banned fracking are still 100% dependent on natural gas to survive. In fact they are even more dependent than they used to be because their use of intermittent solar and wind requires the unique flexible backup that natural gas can provide.
Like President Biden in the US with his fracking ban on Federal lands, European leaders thought that if they banned their ability to frack natural gas they would somehow stop needing to use natural gas. But the need has not gone away--and now they are even more at Russia's mercy.
While the alleged justification of fracking bans was the desire to reduce CO2 emissions, this never made any sense because a) natural gas use is the fastest near-term way of reducing emissions and b) European nations also oppose non-carbon nuclear.
What should European nations do about their self-inflicted suffering? One, they should immediately reverse their deadly fracking bans. Two, those who have championed fracking bans should apologize and promise to radically cut their own natural gas use.
Instead of meaningless gestures like "Earth Hour," the European anti-fracking movement, along with the American anti-fracking movement, should celebrate "Earth Winter"--keep their thermostat to 60°F or less so that the deserving can have affordable gas.

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