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Fracking is a hugely controversial environmental issue. What’s more its happening on Sefton Borough’s doorstep and this proposed relaxation of planning rules is clearly aimed at smoothing the process of getting it started across the UK.
Of course Fracking is also a vision of the past because its a fossil fuel and not sustainable energy. The more we use fossil fuels the faster we accelerate global warming and make the lives of future generations more difficult.
But of course we all know all this so the big issue here was to bury the matter whilst eyes were turned on a royal wedding and the FA Cup Final. Some things never change and Governments of all colours do it because it works and we are easily distracted form the really important things.
With thanks to Cliff Mainey and Roy Connell for the lead to this posting.
The Liberal Democrats are to propose offering homeowners £100 a year off their council tax if they make their houses more energy efficient – see link below:-
Has to be welcomed; nice to see the Party hitting a strong environmental note.
Research from the Global Sustainability Institute, based at Anglia Ruskin University, claims the UK will run out of fossil fuels in just over 5 years. France is reportedly even worse off, with less than a year’s worth of fossil fuels in reserve, while Italy has less than a year of gas and coal and a single year of oil. The UK has 5.2 years of oil remaining, 4.5 years of coal and three years of gas before completely running out of fossil fuels. Russia, by contrast, has more than 500 years of coal, 100 years of gas and 50 years of oil. Dr Aled Jones, the director of the institute, said: “It is vital that those shaping Europe’s future political agenda understand our existing economic fragility.”
The Independent has the story:-
Personally, I think the fossil fuels may last longer than 5 years in the UK but using them will simply contribute to global warming, climate change and extremes of weather. If this is not a call to arms for sustainable energy I don’t know what is. This could well be the next really big political crisis across Europe.
With thanks to the LGiU for this story