Daily Mail advocates more earthquakes and increased pollution

Cracks in Railway Bridge

Cracks in Railway Bridge caused by 'Fracking'

The Daily Mail campaign for increased air pollution continues today with an article by Global Warming Ignorer in chief, Lord Nigel Lawson.

Warning: Like the policies advocated, the text is poisonous.

The main policy advocated is that the UK abandon any attempt to reduce emissions and instead focus on using on the cheapest possible fuels to generate electricity. Avoiding any mention of coal, he advocates a switch to extensive extraction of Shale Gas, a technology which (as I mentioned previously) is

I hesitate to draw attention to the views of a former ‘boom and bust’ chancellor on this important issue. But a browse through the comments on his article reveals that his views are popular amongst readers of the Daily Mail. A view across European countries shows that national energy policies are the result of politics and history as much as they are the result of rational planning, and the Daily Mail is – still – politically powerful.

The reality is that Climate Change poses a risk of unknown magnitude, and we really need to discuss whether we want to attempt to do something about it. If we choose openly and democratically to ignore this threat – which is essentially the view of Lord Lawson – then so be it. The selling point of such a policy is cheaper electricity now – this is a very attractive selling point. However, it is invidious to advocate such a policy without being clear about its political, economic and environmental consequences – including the damaging bridges.

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3 Responses to “Daily Mail advocates more earthquakes and increased pollution”

  1. Global Warming Policy Foundation: A Toxic Brand « Protons for Breakfast Blog Says:

    […] adoption of shale gas extraction across the UK, a technology known to pollute water supplies, cause Earthquakes, and emit just as much carbon dioxide as conventional gas extraction! They advertise this as […]

  2. What the frack is going on? « Protons for Breakfast Blog Says:

    […] potential to yield considerable supplies of gas, with the only minor side effects being widespread earthquakes and groundwater pollution. You can find commentary, the lyrics, and links […]

  3. Could fracking be our least worst option? « Protons for Breakfast Blog Says:

    […] has recommend a resumption of ‘fracking’ in the UK. At first I was surprised that this earthquake-inducing technology had been approved. But on reflection I see that the approval is really a measure of just how […]

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