Far from being ‘eco-friendly’ as David Reekie in the Whitstable Gazette (9th Oct) claims, fracking is one of the most ecologically damaging methods of fuel extraction that has been developed.
Experience from the US and Australia, where fracking has been embraced, has shown that the toxic effects from chemicals on local people has been huge. Add this to the industrialisation of the countryside with the high number of wells required, plus the huge amount of water required to brought in by tankers and you have a nightmare brewing in our countryside. Remember too that extracting more fossil fuel will simply ensure that more CO2 adds to the devastating impact of climate change.
Mr Reekie goes on to claim that solar requires ‘heavy subsidies from tax payers’. The already established fossil fuel industry is currently subsidised to the tune of over £4 billion each year, nearly twice that going to develop new renewable infrastructure. As for the cost of nuclear, the cleanup of Sellafield is estimated to be around £70 billion to the government.
The key point though, is that fracking, fossil fuels and nuclear will not last and the huge environmental impact won’t even have a long term benefit . Only renewable energy will provide electricity for both us and for future generations as only renewable energy is renewable!
Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Canterbury and Whitstable