Shale predictions move from the outrageous, through far fetched to conservative within two years, Grealy writes.
BP reached a settlement with the US government Thursday to pay $4.5 billion in criminal fines and penalties for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Critics calls the BP settlement a slap on the wrist.
The world is on the cusp of dramatic reductions in greenhouse gases if China replaces coal power with shale gas. But Greens are fighting the technology to do that.
Although Japan's 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster set much of the public against nuclear power, politicians are not convinced.
Germany has long been anti-nuclear energy, and plans to transition away from nuclear power and towards renewable energy sources enjoy broad support. But the shift comes at a cost: soaring utility bills for citizens.