Friends of the Earth admits false fracking claims

Posted: January 4, 2017 by oldbrew in alarmism, fracking, Idiots
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So-called environmental campaigners telling porkies? Whatever next?

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

h/t Joe Public

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From the Times:

A green campaign group has agreed not to repeat misleading claims about the health and environmental impacts of fracking after complaints to the advertising watchdog.

Friends of the Earth spent more than a year trying to defend its claims, which were made in a fundraising leaflet, but has been forced to withdraw them.

The group’s capitulation is a victory for a retired vicar and a retired physics teacher who have been working for years to expose what they believe is scaremongering about a safe technique for extracting shale gas.

The Rev Michael Roberts and Ken Wilkinson complained about Friends of the Earth’s claims to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which also received a complaint from the fracking company Cuadrilla.

The authority found that Friends of the Earth (FoE) failed to substantiate claims that fracking could cause cancer, contaminate water supplies, increase…

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  1. oldbrew says:

    Prosperity or fake environmentalism – not a hard choice really.
    – – –
    UK Ad Agency Blasts Anti-Frackers For Spreading ‘Scaremongering’ Misinformation

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/04/uk-ad-agency-blasts-anti-frackers-for-spreading-scaremongering-misinformation/

  2. Graeme No.3 says:

    Give them a week and they will be back at it again. When challenged they will claim that no judgement was given.
    Time to remove their charitable status.

  3. stewgreen says:

    Yorkshire Post Editorial shows incredible about turn in YPs previous pro-greenblob dogma seemingly cos yesterdays ASA FoE story proves Greens Lie
    Fracked off – time for reason over Kirby Misperton fracking
    (Print headline : Fracking Faux Pas FoE criticised)
    “IF it wasn’t for the fact that fracking has not yet started in North Yorkshire, it would almost certainly have been blamed for the minor earthquake recorded off the Scarborough coast earlier this week.
    This debate has been allowed to become so toxic that reasoned opinion, by both fracking advocates and opponents, has been drowned out by the serial scaremongerers and their increasingly spurious arguments.
    …”

  4. michael hart says:

    “A green campaign group has agreed not to repeat misleading claims about the health and environmental impacts of fracking after complaints to the advertising watchdog.”

    …and then I woke up and found Scarlett Johansson was nowhere to be seen.

    [reply] if it was Emma Thompson she’d be out baking a cake at a fracking protest somewhere

  5. oldbrew says:

    Fracking damages Friends of the Earth’s credibility.
    – – –
    AT LAST: WORK STARTS FOR SHALE GAS EXTRACTION IN BRITAIN
    Date: 06/01/17 Lancashire Evening News

    Work has begun at a controversial fracking site in Lancashire, it was revealed today.

    The sudden announcement by Cuadrilla seemed to take protesters by surprise, with just a lone man on a bike protesting at the site this morning.
    http://www.thegwpf.com/at-last-work-starts-at-fracking-site-in-lancashire/

    All the ‘controversy’ is getting a bit tedious now the scary claims have been debunked.

  6. oldbrew says:

    FoE spin doctors are claiming the case against them was dropped, but it wasn’t.

    Guy Parker, Chief Executive of ASA:
    So let me be clear. We told Friends of the Earth that based on the evidence we’d seen, claims it made in its anti-fracking leaflet or claims with the same meaning cannot be repeated, and asked for an assurance that they wouldn’t be. Friends of the Earth gave us an assurance to that effect. Unless the evidence changes, that means it mustn’t repeat in ads claims about the effects of fracking on the health of local populations, drinking water or property prices.

    Friends of the Earth has said we “dropped the case”. That’s not an accurate reflection of what’s happened. We thoroughly investigated the complaints we received and closed the case on receipt of the above assurance. Because of that, we decided against publishing a formal ruling, but plainly that’s not the same thing as “dropping the case”. Crucially, the claims under the microscope mustn’t reappear in ads, unless the evidence changes. Dropped cases don’t have that outcome. [bold added]

    http://www.asa.org.uk/News-resources/Media-Centre/2016/Opinion-piece-A-fractious-debate-but-a-clear-outcome.aspx

  7. craigm350 says:

    OB –
    an FoE spokesperson said Mr Parker’s comments did not “accurately reflect the agreement” the organisation reached with the ASA.

    “Our chief executive, and legal advisor, have gone to the ASA this afternoon to speak with them and challenge this,” the spokesperson said.

    https://www.energyvoice.com/oilandgas/128186/friends-earth-refuses-back-fracking-leaflet-case/

  8. oldbrew says:

    They’ve been told to cut out the crap and they don’t like it. Well, tough 😎

  9. oldbrew says:

    FoE are still trying to wriggle out of it.

    Friends of the Earth Slammed by Advertising Standards Twice This Week For ‘Misleading’ Fracking Claims
    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/01/06/friends-earth-slammed-denying-fracking-claims-misleading/

    As Paul Homewood puts it:
    Friends Of The Earth Lie About Their Lies
    https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/friends-of-the-earth-lie-about-their-lies/

  10. manicbeancounter says:

    oldbrew Jan 6 4.39pm. They may officially have to accept when they are wrong, but will still keep on spewing out misinformation and alternative lies. FoE did this in response to the ruling on the 4th January, making it appear that the ASA had dropped the case against them. That lead the ASA Chief Executive Guy Parker to take the unusual case of dropping the case against them. This included the following statement.

    But amidst the reports, the public comments by the parties involved and the social media chatter, there’s a risk that the facts become obscured.

    So let me be clear. We told Friends of the Earth that based on the evidence we’d seen, claims it made in its anti-fracking leaflet or claims with the same meaning cannot be repeated, and asked for an assurance that they wouldn’t be. Friends of the Earth gave us an assurance to that effect. Unless the evidence changes, that means it mustn’t repeat in ads claims about the effects of fracking on the health of local populations, drinking water or property prices.

    Friends of the Earth has said we “dropped the case”. That’s not an accurate reflection of what’s happened.

    They also continue to put out false messages that fracking is harmful, when pointing to scientific evidence about the supposed harms of fracking. But there evidence points to hundreds of studies, none of which can identify, beyond reasonable doubt, that there is a significant large risk to human health of fracking if carried out properly. See my article below for references.
    https://manicbeancounter.com/2017/01/06/friends-of-the-earth-still-perverting-the-evidence-for-fracking-harms/

  11. oldbrew says:

    The EPA report found few problems and those it did identify were usually due to avoidable mistakes or poor practice by frackers, not wholly surprising in the early stages of a new industry (e.g. inexperience).

    http://www.factcheck.org/2015/06/clearing-up-claims-on-epa-fracking-study/

  12. stewgreen says:

    Update : Today’s YP letter page carries the backlash that YP may have intended to provoke.

    YP kings of GreenPR use trick of including tweets to get 14 Angry AntiFracking msgs onto it’s printed edition Letter Page

    Now online they don’t include the tweets, but the letters page itself has started attract anti-anti-fracker comments.
    http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/yp-letters-fracking-camp-s-moral-purpose-1-8322091

  13. stewgreen says:

    Today’s London Times
    pg31 3/4 page News-vert for the NYorks AntiFracking Camp
    This time the staged photo has near vertical solar panels in front of the caravan gas bottle.

    Protesters are claiming 1977 Squatters Rights over a field owned by FlamingoLand
    http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/digging-in-on-the-fracking-front-line-zpj6qc92z

    Pg 35 photo of yesterday’s GP stunt Mary Poppins in a gas mask image hoisted n front of HOC .. no news story.

    pg 45 News-vert “Obama’s Job Boom, 75 months of growth”

  14. stewgreen says:

    Image of anti-fracking squat
    [img]http://www.thetimes.co.uk/imageserver/image/methode times prod web bin 9b558530-d429-11e6-962c-fe439ed038d1.jpg[/img]

  15. stewgreen says:

    Trying again (the url has spaces in)

    [mod] got rid of the stuff after ‘jpg’

  16. oldbrew says:

    US INTEL REPORT CONFIRMS WHAT EVERYBODY KNOWS: KREMLIN TV PUSHES ANTI-FRACKING PROPAGANDA

    U.S. intelligence officials confirmed in a declassified report that a Kremlin-controlled media outlet ran programming critical of hydraulic fracturing to ward off challenges to Russia’s energy empire.

    Officials reported that RT, which they call the “Kremlin’s principal international propaganda outlet,” ran “anti-fracking programming, highlighting environmental issues and the impacts on public health.”

    http://www.thegwpf.com/us-intel-report-confirms-what-everybody-knows-kremlin-tv-pushes-anti-fracking-propaganda/
    – – –
    It worked well – many EU countries banned fracking or at least excluded it from their energy policies, leaving the Russians to mop up the cash.

  17. manicbeancounter says:

    FoE is in denial about the positive potential of fracking for the UK. Huge reserves of shale gas have recently been discovered, that could meet all current UK demand for at least 50 years. Like in the USA it could lower energy costs and create hundreds of thousands of jobs. FoE are leading the moves to prevent this happening. I have looked at their main webpage on fracking. The key points I make in a recent post are:-

    – The claims of dangers of fracking raise questions, that need to be answered before they can be considered credible.
    – The claim that fracking could affect house prices is totally unsupported.
    – The claim that shale gas will not significantly affect energy prices is based on out of date data. The British Geological Survey has shown that the potential of shale gas is huge. Friends of the Earth has played a major role in preventing that potential being realized.
    – FoE has consequently helped prevent shale gas from relieving the energy crisis brought upon by the Climate Change Act 2008.
    – Claims that pursuing shale gas in Britain will affect global emissions are pure fantasy. Also is a fantasy the belief that Britain is leading the way on emissions reductions. We ain’t leading if collectively the world is not following. The evidence shows clearly shows this.

  18. oldbrew says:

    Claims of increased ’emissions’ ignore the fact that there’s plenty of gas for sale worldwide. If Britain doesn’t produce its own it just means more imports.

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