Yes, folks this is ‘bozo’ Boris Johnson talking or rather writing in ‘The Telegraph’ newspaper and I quote:
‘If it were not so serious there would be something ludicrous about the reaction of the green lobby to the discovery of big shale gas reserves in this country. Here we are in the fifth year of a downturn. We have pensioners battling fuel poverty (oh so they’ve noticed). We have energy firms jacking up their prices (they’ve noticed this too?). We have real worries about security of energy supply – a new building like the Shard needs four times as much juice as the entire town of Colchester (why build it in the first place).
Our nukes (nuclear power stations people) are so high-maintenance that the cost of disposing of their spent fuel rods is put at about £100 billion – more than the value of all the electricity they have produced since the Fifties. The hills and dales of Britain are being forested with white satanic mills, and yet the total contribution of wind power is still only about 0.4 per cent of Britain’s needs. Wave power, solar power, biomass – their collective oomph wouldn’t pull the skin off a rice pudding. We are prevented from putting in a new system of coal-fired power stations, since that would breach our commitments under Kyoto. We are therefore increasingly and humiliatingly dependent on Vladimir Putin’s gas or on the atomic power of the French state (all the more reason to go fracking then?!).
And then in the region of Blackpool – as if by a miracle – we may have found the solution. The extraction of shale gas by hydraulic fracture, or fracking, seems an answer to the nation’s prayers (yours perhaps but not the popes!). There is loads of the stuff, apparently – about 1.3 trillion barrels; and if we could get it out we could power our toasters and dishwashers for the foreseeable future. By offering the hope of cheap electricity, fracking would make Britain once again competitive in sectors of industry – bauxite smelting (how about iron-slitting?) springs to mind – where we have lost hope.
The extraction process alone would generate tens of thousands of jobs in parts of the country that desperately need them. And above all, the burning of gas to generate electricity is much, much cleaner – and produces less CO2 – than burning coal. What, as they say, is not to like?’
Mmm….lets think….polluted groundwater? Earthquakes where there should be no earthquakes? Or are those now considered minor inconveniences for the poor?
‘In their mad (ok here we go….) denunciations of fracking, the Greens and the eco-warriors betray the mindset of people who cannot bear a piece of unadulterated good news. Beware this new technology, they wail. Do not tamper with the corsets of Gaia! Don’t probe her loamy undergarments with so much as a finger — or else the goddess of the earth will erupt with seismic revenge.’
Now this section is mildly humourous ( I do say mildly) because the degree of pollution & ill-health folks will find themselves suffering once these ‘charities’ really get going cancels out the humour.
‘Dig out this shale gas, they warn, and our water will be poisoned and our children will be stunted and our cattle will be victims of terrible intestinal explosions. Yesterday the Observer found some political support for the gloomsters, in the form of a German MEP. His name is Jo Leinan, and it seems he is a prominent member of the Euro-parliament’s energy committee. There were only two countries interested in this procedure, he said – Poland and Britain.And according to Herr Leinan, neither of us knows what we are getting ourselves into. We are about to release the pent-up shale gas of Britain from its sinister cavities beneath Lancashire and Sussex, and anything can happen. Before we touch the integuments of the planet, he says, the European parliament will produce some regulations to “discipline” the operation.’
There we go folks, this is Mr Johnson’s logic, embrace fracking, it’s the future of ‘clean’ energy, the economy (who’d have thought it?) desperately needs the employment infusion and what is more Europeans will hate it.
My reaction to this -an excerpt of the whole article- is that six hundred chemicals are utilised in fracking, do you fancy those chemicals (many of which cause cancer), winding up in water you might either shower with or drink? Do you fancy suffering from brain damage or respiratory damage as a result? Or facing a financial & legal impasse when you attempt to sue the companies who are responsible for your suffering? The amusing and amenable Boris Johnson doesn’t sound nearly so amusing now does he?