Last week the woeful Environmental Audit Committee succeeded in pushing through a number of restrictive amendments to the parliamentary biill on fracking, putting variously designated areas such as national parks, groundwater source areas and SSSIs off limits. For now, this isn’t a disaster, since the benefits to local communities and the country as a whole will become obvious in fracking permitted areas. But the irrationality of the opposition is still a threat to the UK economy and our energy security. A comment on the Guardian’s website makes some good points:
Take away 40% from the 60% of the UK offered for fracking and you get 36% of the UK land mass still open for fracking.
As throughout this hysteria the anti frackers propaganda relies on ignorance hence it is wildly popular with the febrile masses.
Once a few wells have been fracked and people see the reality that is that the local impact is not dissimilar to having a cement depot near you but only for a few months the hysterics will go quiet for a short while before they pop up again with their next pile of primitive fearful sh1te to inflict costs of on society as they indulge in the subconscious frisson of fear.
In the real world over 1 million wells have now been fracked with only a handful of early wells having problems as the technique and regulation required was first developed. In recent years fracking failures are rare as rocking horse poo, which your garden is no doubt full of.
Not content with 1 MILLION tests of this “controversial” (aka lots of hysterical lies told about it) technique the UK got the pre eminent scientific body, The Royal Geological Society and The Royal Society to produce extensive reports, both of which say fracking can be done safely. Before you rubbish these bodies they are the same ones that you quote to support global warming ideas.
On global warming fracking UK gas will result in no additional gas use whatsoever, it will merely replace LNG shipped half way round the world that we will have to import instead no matter how many useless inefficient subsidy requiring renewables. Shale in contrast to (sans subsidy) uneconomic renewables is a profitable activity without any subsidy. These profits will be taxed at a discounted rate, what liars and cretins call a “subsidy” when one is a payment to something that was uneconomic, the other a reduced profit on something that is profitable Equating the two is so thick it is in fact bare faced lying.
So, you people fearful of fracking, you are simply being lied to by professional fear mongers promoting their political agenda and venting their angst against life. You know you will end up embarrassed and humiliated when the stuff you are buying is shown to be drivel. Why not just stop and read the Royal Society report and try and actually understand what fracking is and how it really works, 1 million times and counting
Its all in the link. The Royal Geological Society are neither lying, in anyones pocket, nor hysterical. That would be you. Whose pocket do you think it is (Putin is one candidate)