I can’t have been alone at being alarmed at the release of the IPCC report last week.
The very sobering report can be summarised in just one sentence. The burning of fossil fuels is destroying our planet.
Is it not obscene then that in the very same week in which this report was released, the High Court ruled that Fracking could go ahead? Is it also not obscene that this government “pulled the plug” on making environmentally cleaner cars more affordable?
In comparison the Norwegian parliament has set 2025 as the goal for ALL new cars to have zero emissions, compared with the UK’s 2040, they are on target, the UK isn’t.
Fracking is an emotive subject and one that many people close their ears and eyes to. There is a lot of evidence available, much of which can seem to be contradictory. I have considered both sides of the argument and deduced that we should be investing in renewable energy.
Surely, we cannot surge ahead with a controversial method of gas extraction with a history of environmental disasters in other countries when we have just admitted that our planet is dying!
The argument that we need a bridge to renewable energy is also defunct after a Petro-chemical giant, admitted in an article published in the Sunday Times newspaper on 30th December 2017, that all of the gas extracted as a result of fracking would be used as a feedstock to power its power plants. These same power plants, make the plastic that pollutes our seas and oceans. This is quite simply grotesque!
I have had an off the record discussion with a senior employee of an energy company, who own the PEDL License for an area very close to where I live. They state that our country should be heavily investing in renewable energy and that Fracking will not end well.
Think about it, an expert in the field, employed in the oil and gas industry has informed me of the detrimental impact that fracking will have on our communities. This is a warning that I cannot ignore. Put simply; fracking will destroy our community for corporate profit!
Given the controversy surrounding fracking you could be forgiven for thinking that there would be a concerted effort to ensure that everything would be conducted transparently in an effort to combat any claims of underhand dealings or unfair play.
The sentencing of 3 protestors for 18 months by a judge with, according to the Daily Mirror, links to the oil and gas industry suggests to me that there is an unseen power at play here.
Surely the time is now for every politician to come together, irrespective of their political allegiance and work collaboratively for the good of our humanity? The future of our world depends on it!