Thursday, 1 November 2012

More UK fracking coming?

According to Reuters, John Hayes (the Energy Minister) seemms to be looking to a new round of licensing for fracking operations in the UK.  The government suspended fracking operations last year after earthquakes near a Cuadrilla fracking operation. 
This comes after The Chancellor's proposal for tax breaks for Shale gas exploration in his speech at the Tory party conference. 

John  Hayes, who has been reported as supporting NIMBYism and saying that the UK needed no more onshore windfarms.

I think that there are real social issues here, while I fully support lowering the environmental and visual impact of onshore turbines and think that they need to be "to scale" and be  "appropriate" for the community, those who are trying to "protect our green and pleasant land" do seem to be speaking from a position of privilege. 

We need to face up to the harsh realities of the future.

 One thing that the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the US highlights to me is our need to adapt.  This seems to been something of a wake up call for the US, as is well reported by Rachel Maddow on MSNBC as NY Governor Cuomo says "we have a one hundred year flood now every 2 years" and he says that  it is a "new reality now"

Hopefully this will push climate change up the political agenda and make adaptation a reality.