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The price of energy security : comparing the rationale of shale gas exploitation in Germany and Poland from an environmental perspective from 2010 to 2015

Ricke, Lena (2015) The price of energy security : comparing the rationale of shale gas exploitation in Germany and Poland from an environmental perspective from 2010 to 2015.

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Abstract:The exploitation of (unconventional) shale gas has been discussed controversially. On the one hand, environmental concerns have been raised regarding at the necessary technique of hy-draulic fracturing to produce these resources. Water consumption and pollution, as well as seismic activities are the main risks of fracking process. On the other hand, fracking has a pos-itive impact on economic profits and energy security for countries through autonomous gas production. The priorities of Germany and Poland have been analyzed in a case study to examine their rationale in making a decision concerning fracking. A rational choice approach has been ap-plied for the analysis. Germany is hesitant regarding fracking, due to potential environmental risks. The countries energy policy is oriented towards an environmentally sustainable energy concept. Combating climate change is one of Germany’s interests and therefore renewable energies are in the government’s focus. Poland shows a positive attitude towards fracking as it offers a possibility for the country to gain more independence in terms of energy supply, especially from Russian gas imports. This promise of more energy security and economic profits makes the government establish frack-ing-favoring energy policies.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/67805
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