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Renewable s not Fracking

November 24, 2014

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stated last month that fossil fuels need to be completely phased out by 2100 – or the world will face ‘severe, pervasive and irreversible’ damage. Their recommendation is that renewables must account for 80% of the power sector by 2050.

For those of us who would like to leave the planet in a liveable state for future generations, the proposal that fracking is the answer to the UK’s energy problems cannot be right.

This country may not be the sunniest in the world, but PV technology is making great strides towards harvesting solar energy even in less sunny areas. Furthermore Britain is one of the windiest countries in Europe. In a few years’ time the cost of producing on-shore wind energy will be less than that of oil. Britain is also surrounded by seas and the potential of harvesting tidal energy is enormous. So what is stopping us? We can generate our power from renewables – if we want to.

But the oil lobby, backed by the Conservatives and UKIP, seem determined to force fracking on to us while at the same time people agitate against any on-shore wind turbines or against solar panels in Somerset fields.

As North Sea oil and gas declines, we have a great opportunity in this country to replace it with renewable energy, the technologies are there. We should be leading the way in Bath & North East Somerset, and taking a firm step towards making our area self-sufficient in renewable energy.

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