That's my translation of Monbiot's position on the huge gas reserves recently discovered in the UK. Today, in a follow-up post, he writes that
any shale gas finds raise our exploitable reserves of fossil fuels, just as we should be reducing them. The world's minerals companies have already found far greater reserves than we can afford to burn without triggering climate breakdown. What is the point of prospecting for new supplies?
I thought the point (speaking only of natural gas) was make coal go extinct and buy time for renewables to scale up and new generation nuclear to come on line?