Shale gas

As Germany rejects nuclear power, will shale gas bring the next energy revolution? Lesley Curwen debates the issue with Robert Howarth, Professor of Ecology at Cornell University and Maximilian Kuhn of the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security in London.

Robert Howarth outlines his research which suggests shale gas may be dirtier than coal in terns of carbon emissions. But Maximilian Kuhn argues a new fuel is needed urgently and shale gas could be a relatively cheap and quick solution.

Nick Butler, Chair of the King's Policy Institute in London predicts that while Europe may stay wary of shale gas, China will embrace it with enthusiasm.

Plus our regular commentator, Lucy Kellaway of the FT reveals her surprise when she was asked to stand in for the former IMF boss Dominique Strauss Kahn.

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18 minutes

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Tue 31 May 2011 11:32 GMT

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