Please sign our fracking letter

SCGP member Betsy Reid has written to the Business Secretary, Greg Clark, against his plans to allow fracking companies to drill test sites without the need for planning permission.

Please consider drafting your own letter; or, alternatively, email Betsy or her colleague Libby Ruffle to add your signature.

“Dear Mr Clark,

I’m writing to ask you to reconsider allowing fracking companies to drill test sites without the need for planning permission.

Local communities have consistently protested against fracking. They are not only trying to protect their own and surrounding areas, but are also standing in solidarity with other places around the world that have been blighted by the extraction of fossil fuels and natural gases.

We are at a tipping point where we must take action if we truly wish to stem climate breakdown. Globally, we have a ‘carbon budget’ of 565 gigatons to ‘use’ between 2011 and 2050 (Carbon Tracker figures 2014) to maintain the maximum 2 degree rise in temperature. Already, with the rapid melting of the Antarctic ice sheets, we are locked into a 10 metre sea level rise.

Clearly, we must add no more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. Fracking adds not only the CO2 from burning the gas but seemingly unavoidable leakage of methane (with a global warming power 38 times that of CO2).

Investment in these dirty technologies, with both known and unknown hazards, diverts funds and attention from clean renewables; and once the infrastructure is in place we are locked in to using it for all the years it takes to repay the investment, or they become stranded assets – which is what the climate crisis is likely to make them.  Wind and sun, together with energy conservation and demand management, can do an effective job, and generate jobs in the process.

Our community is not, so far, at risk from fracking, but I’m asking as a citizen of this country and of the world, to please not commit our homes to further climate breakdown.

We, the undersigned, support her campaign to seek alternatives to fracking, and halt climate breakdown.”

post by Libby Ruffle
Personal posts do not necessarily reflect the views of all members.

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