The fight to frack

The UK looks to get in on the shale boom; the solar trade wars get more intriguing as demand looks on shaky ground; and the EU carbon price is up and down like a yo-yo ahead of a key policy decision.

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will likely be disappointed if he expects natural gas prices to experience the same declines as those seen in the US thanks to fracking. This is because shale gas will cost more to exploit in the European country, and legal, planning and environmental factors will hold up the development of its resources.

As a result, the expansion of shale gas will be too slow to offset fully the need to import higher-priced natural gas.

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