Post Paris: business as usual for fracking fans?

The ‘Greenest government ever’ appear to continue to abandon pledges made, recent u-turns have been solar subsidies and back word on allowing local communities decisions on planning issues?  As more people begin to realise the risks involved with fracking a case might be made that ‘big government’ is taking back decision making and imposing development on local communities?  These developments and indeed all government spending decisions are under pinned by public funds, but the public have no direct say in their allocation?  Neo-liberalism is dependent upon public subsidies (Jones, 2014), so something of a contradiction to the usual call by politicians for a ‘market’ place economy?

All this on the back of the climate change summit in Paris when around 190 nations spent two weeks discussing how they (politicians) would tackle the underlying issues causing so many climate related problems across the globe.

The Guardian has called upon George Osborne to end his love affair with fracking, insisting that scaling up of fracking is incompatible with Paris.  But no sooner was the summit over and Osborne was slashing and cutting support for technologies which would help the UK achieve its targets.  Avery, as ever to the point offers an analysis on Cameron’s tenure as PM and you’d have to admit, he has a point?  PM or PR?

Fracking poses significant risks to people’s health and local environment, as well as being incompatible with tackling climate change and the promises made in the recent Paris climate change agreement, so assert FoE  and we’d have to say that as we can’t find any underwritten assurances or pledges post problem occurence, that we’d be inclined to agree and additionally we’d encourage government to adopt the Precautionary Principle .  Sadly it seems that as the UK delegation to the Paris climate change summit were making their way home by planes that they weren’t long before they were back on track with their unrelenting ‘dash for deep dirt’ after they ‘dumped dirt’ recently with the closing of the last UK deep mine at Kellingley, where is consistency in this kind of action or policy?

Onshore maps showing the local ‘Humberhead Levels’ status according to GOV.UK & FoE also provide a useful reference map which shows the recent (December 2015) licences offered.

Even the British Geological Survey is partially funded by companies involved in hydraullic fracking.

The Independent warned of goverment and industry links in 2013,

Remember the chart which showed links to the various government advisors?  Courtesy of Transition Town Louth


The link above takes you through to TTL where there are some other useful links and information about fracking, Refraction is a particularly useful, a free ebook “Fracking the UK” by Alan Toothill is available via Defend Lytham St Annes.  The growth of community groups taking up their cause, using the internet to spread and share the information, to support others in their quest for local democracy is pleasing, long may it continue ….   

Remember it’ll soon be time to consider making New Year Resolutions?  If you do indulge, then near the top of that list might be to make sure that if you look at a ‘topical theme or issue’ then you undertake thorough research, ‘all that glistens is not gold’ is certainly a good guide?



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