The following article was posted on our friend Nick Grealy’s No Hot Air blog on June 12 and is posted here at his request.
I keep on remarking that the actual level of controversy over “controversial” shale gas (156 Google News results in the last 24 hours alone) exists much more in the mind of journalists than the public.
As is obvious, I sometimes have no idea what I’m up to technically. But according to the professional media, Twitter is the place to be for clued in and clueless alike, and is especially loved by the alleged opinion formers of the world as presenting an immediate democratic mirror of what the world is thinking.
If that is the case, then the world doesn’t appear to think of shale gas as being controversial, contentious or even open to debate. That may well be because lots of people don’t know, or is that they are more interested in more mundane topics?
Let me also add that the owner of this site (Go Marcellus Shale) and other gas sites has far more Twitter followers (3,355) than most of the anti-gas sites. Check it out at: http://twitter.com/keithmauck