Time Magazine’s ‘Golden Age’ of Fracking Neglects Climate Change

by Duane Nichols on May 20, 2012

Jim Naureckas in the blog entitled Fair.org has pointed out an incredibly important omission on the part of Time magazine in the current cover story: 

You have to wonder: Do journalists covering energy issues imagine they and their loved ones are going to be living on another planet in the not-too-distant future?

That seems like the only reason you would write a piece about the world discovering ways to extract and burn vast new quantities of hydrocarbons without mentioning one word about climate change. That’s what Bryan Walsh gave us in the  May 21 issue  of Time  magazine – an article about fracking that doesn’t mention the technology’s powerful contribution to global warming.

The headline over this article: “The Golden Age.”

Walsh does refer to fracking’s ecological impact, referring to “environmental concerns over fracking–chiefly the possibility of groundwater pollution.” The groundwater contamination associated with fracking is certainly bad, but most environmentalists will tell you that climate change is the biggest challenge facing humanity–and that finding new ways to burn carbon (and release methane as well) is utterly unhelpful.

Walsh concludes his article: “Fracking is here to stay, scrambling a global energy picture that had long seemed settled.” Actually, the only thing that was settled was that people would have to totally reinvent their energy systems if they wanted to avoid catastrophe. But for Time magazine, ignoring that catastrophe seems to be the next best thing.


Stanley R Scobie, Ph.D., Binghamton, NY, and Senior Fellow with the Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy, said the following about the Time magazine article which ignores climate change:  

“Gosh, they wouldnt do that, would they?”

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