Why fracking won’t solve energy crisis – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Simon Bowens, Friends of the Earth regional campaigner for Yorkshire.

The energy crisis does not justify fracking, argues Friends of the Earth.
The energy crisis does not justify fracking, argues Friends of the Earth.

WINTER has always posed an impossible dilemma for too many in this country: the choice between eating and heating. After a decade of cuts and wage stagnation, even more people have been pushed into deprivation.

The Prime Minister was elected on the promise of lower energy prices but today’s situation is much graver, and people across Yorkshire are paying through the nose to heat their homes. This is thanks in part to the Government’s continued backing of climate-wrecking fossil fuels.

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These are the perfect conditions to embolden those who have a lot to gain by reviving the fracking industry to come out of the woodwork.

The energy crisis does not justify fracking, argues Friends of the Earth.

Already, it is being sold as the solution to our energy woes but simply replacing one dirty fuel for another won’t make our most vulnerable warmer, and it certainly won’t save the planet.

We already have an abundance of renewable energy at our fingertips through solar, wind and tidal, which even Third Energy, a Yorkshire-based former fracking venture, has cottoned onto.

The sooner we champion green, clean energy, the faster we can end the suffering of people and planet, and stop the opportunists profiteering at our expense.

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