Fracking: MPs demanding ban ‘listened to ill-informed green groups not science’

Posted: January 26, 2015 by oldbrew in alarmism, Energy, Politics, propaganda
Gas heating [image credit: CVO Fire]

Gas heating [image credit: CVO Fire]

A committee of MPs has been accused of listening to “ill-informed” green groups instead of scientific evidence, after it called for a ban on fracking for shale gas, citing health and environmental fears, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) on Monday called for fracking to be put on hold indefinitely, and at a minimum banned in national parks, amid “huge uncertainties around the impact that fracking could have on water supplies, air quality and public health”.

Developing shale gas is also “incompatible” with the UK’s legally-binding climate change targets, it claimed.

Eight committee members, including former Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman, have cited this as grounds for a moratorium on fracking, in an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill, due to be debated on Monday.

But Government sources dismissed the EAC report as “total rubbish”, while academics criticised the Committee’s findings.

Professor Quentin Fisher, Professor of petroleum geoengineering at the University of Leeds, said: “It is disappointing to see a Government committee putting the ill-informed views of anti-fracking groups ahead of evidence-based scientific studies.”

Prof Fisher, who has conducted research funded by the oil industry, said: “The report totally overstates the dangers of shale gas extraction such as groundwater pollution, health risk and geological integrity.”

Greens exaggerating – surely not?

  1. Stephen Richards says:

    I’ve been reading the comments. My god how the young and uneducated have been fooled. One idiot thinks that solar will be fine, another that we should reduce our population and hence our consumption to meet the level of green energy supply.
    I feel for you brits. Bad times are coming unless you do what the greeks have done and throw out the clowns.

    I caught a little of the Andrew Neil interview with the green witch. Enough to scream OMG. She is a total loon. Absolutely bonkers and Neil led her by the nose to the chopping block. What a clown. BUT you are being governed by these dangerous idiots.

    As I told you last year ROG, the future is down to UKIP. If you can’t govern the UK is doomed to the European disastre.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Here’s the ideal place for the greens to demonstrate their no-fossils lifestyle.

    ‘The desolate island, just off the coast of Stronsay in the Orkney Islands, has no electricity, running water or habitable buildings’

    Must be a snip for them at £250k 😉

  3. Richard111 says:

    Ah well. I’m prepared for the ‘cold snap’ forecast by the MET Office no less. The lunatics running the country still firmly believe heat can be ‘trapped’ in a gas and then warm up the solid surface that generated the heat in the first place. One day there will be an accounting for this farce.

  4. The days of the Green committees are numbered!

    “The Department of Energy and Climate Change “disagrees” with a ban on fracking.

    MPs on parliament’s environmental committee, the EAC, published a report today calling for a ban, claiming the UK can only use a “fraction” of the gas wells to stay within our targets to cut carbon emissions.

    The government rebutted this, in a statement saying UK shale development “is compatible with our goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions and does not detract from our support for renewables, in fact it could support development of intermittent renewables.”

    A DECC spokesperson added: “We disagree with the conclusion of this report. We have one of the most robust regulatory regimes for shale gas… Shale gas has huge potential to create jobs and make us less reliant on imports.””

  5. oldbrew says:

    The role of the EAC:

    ‘The Committee was established in November 1997 reflecting a manifesto commitment on the part of the incoming Labour government. The proposal for a single committee to look at the environmental impact of all government departments can be traced back, through the 1994 Labour party policy document In Trust for Tomorrow, to a submission to the Procedure Committee from Friends of the Earth in 1990.’

    Getting the idea yet?

  6. hunter says:

    In the USA the EPA is being outed as source of evangelical style corrupt policy disinformation and propaganda.
    The greens really are our enemies today: Self-righteous, hypocritical, parasitic, powerful and commited to anti-human and inhumane policies.

  7. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on the WeatherAction News Blog and commented:
    I got the flavour of this from reading the BBC report (presumably they asked Greenpeace their opinion?) which had the lovely headline MPs: Ban fracking to meet carbon targets

    To quote(ish) Michael Moore’s infamous Oscar speech “we have fictitious MPs to fight a fictitious war [on carbon].”

    Thank you Red Ed you have created a legacy that will mean people will spit when they say your name for decades to come. What a scumbag – and what scumbags that keep this taxpayer shakedown going. Have you not a collective braincell or has it been blunted at the taxpayer trough?

  8. oldbrew says:

    ‘MPs have overwhelmingly rejected a bid to suspend fracking for shale gas.

    But the government agreed to Labour proposals for 13 new conditions to be met before shale gas extraction can take place.’

    Just the 13 – that’s OK then 😉

  9. tallbloke says:

    OB: “MPs have overwhelmingly rejected a bid to suspend fracking for shale gas.”

    Not really. Labour abstained.

  10. oldbrew says:

    TB: that was the BBC’s phrase.

    Of course if fracking ever gets going in the UK Labour will be just as keen as the rest to grab the tax money from it.

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