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Fear, loathing and shale gas. The introduction of fracking to the UK: a case study.

McQueen, D., 2016. Fear, loathing and shale gas. The introduction of fracking to the UK: a case study. In: Theofilou, A., Grigore, G. and Stancu, A., eds. Corporate Social Responsibility in the Post-Financial Crisis Era CSR Conceptualisations and International Practices in Times of Uncertainty. Palgrave Macmillan, 221 - 242.

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The controversial practice of ‘fracking’ as practiced in the US has offered the promise of energy independence, a climate-friendlier ‘bridge’ to renewable energy than coal, and a much needed economic boost. At the same time, fracking is linked with widespread water and air pollution, increased incidence of earthquakes, split communities and drastically altered landscapes. How has the proposed introduction of fracking in the UK fared in light of these concerns? What role has science played in the battle for public opinion fought by the shale industry and its opponents? This chapter examines efforts by the shale industry to ‘win hearts and minds’, including the use of intensive public relations including academic funding and lobbying activities, and assesses their impact on media coverage of the controversy.

Item Type:Book Section
ISBN:9783319400952, 3319400959
Series Name:Palgrave Series in Governance, Leadership and Responsibility
Number of Pages:22
Uncontrolled Keywords:Business & Economics
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:28586
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:24 May 2017 15:13
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:03


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