@MarktheSpark I'm by no means a tree hugger but to tenuously link someone anti-fracking to the ISIS bloodbath is at best far-fetch and at worst simple and cruel.
If people believe fracking won't happen. Then why are the government handing out pedls , wake up and smell the coffee:-!!!
An unintelligent, unbalanced report reads like the writer was a member of the Green party but why did the government need to cover it up. It's just made matters worse, at least short term, now it's come out. The negative parts in the report could have been refuted so easily (it actually contains many positive comments which will never reach the media). The report says that the effect on congestion and house prices would be "negative but localised". Yes just like the effect of any other industrial development. That's why local communities are being compensated and drill sites are away from residential communities as far as possible and why shale development should be treated just like any other industrial development.
Auntie Fracker, just one more thing. We currently import 25% of our natural gas in the form of LNG from Qatar. That's a regime where openly gay people could be imprisoned, where workers have few or no rights and where some citizens are strongly suspected of financially backing ISIS. Where would you rather we got our gas from, Lancashire or Qatar. I presume you accept we will need gas for heating and industry for a few years yet. On Friday we have a minutes silence for those poor victims of ISIS in Tunisia. Sorry to put it like this but I truly believe not to support shale development is an insult by you to their memory. We need gas and it should come from within our shores.
RE: all you little anti frackers
Very nice well balanced post. I like it. I am all for renewables and sincerely wish there was enough renewable power generation to power the entire UK (as I'm sure most people do). Unfortunately there isn't abd unfortunatelty there won't be for a long time. No matter how much you want it it's not even close. So a reality check is in order. What are we going to do? Are we just going to keep importing our gas from abroad which carries (i) uncertainty, (ii) a higher carbon footprint, (iii) high financial costs for the UK. Or are we going to use the tax generated from shale gas (that is literally under out feet) to help (i) reduce our terrifying national debt or alternatively (ii) use the tax generated from shale gas to invest in renewable technology? (It would also create a shed load of jobs directly and indirectly). Otherwise where else is the money going to come from to invest in renewables? It has to come from somewhere. Private investments aren't enough. Shall we take it from the NHS budget? Maybe from pensioners? There is an obvious symbiotic relationship between the shale industry and renewable industry which I think alot of people are missing. Take some tax revenue from shale gas sales and invest in renewables. Simples. On another point, look at this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N55bqU_3wyY Now THIS is how a chief executive should advertise their cause. You get on the TV and tell people how it is.
Ii really don't understand the green logic, please explain.... 80% of homes are heated by natural gas. How long will it take to convert to an alternative...30,40 years. Currently Gridwatch indicates that wind and solar produce less than 25% of our energy needs. How long will it take to upscale. In the meantime how are my grandchildren going to be kept warm on a still, foggy day in January or February....coal, gas, nuclear what? I'd like practical answers please without some waffle about keeping fossil fuels in the ground. Think about it please.
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