I sometimes wonder if Ivor Jones believes the world is still flat and that Galileo made up the “ myth” that it is round. (Last week’s Guardian letters)
That is precisely how he deals with the facts. The United Nations-not just local fracking protesters-has shown in thousands of scientific research reports that global warming threatens our grandchildren. We may be worried about asylum seekers now. This is nothing compared with the effects that climate change will bring. We will be short of food and water and people will be scrambling to get here from Africa where they will be scorching.
It is no accident that world leaders are attending a “last ditch” summit in Paris in December to try and get control of what is happening to our planet’s temperatures.
Instead of keeping subsidies on existing renewable energy production, our government is cutting subsidies on solar panels and wind farms. It wishes its friends in the fracking industry to reindustrialise little villages like Shireoaks and Misson and smash methane gas out of the rocks, with millions of gallons of water and poisonous chemicals and explosives,that we can ill afford to use. Methane is an extreme pollutant to our atmosphere, creating more global warming and threatening water supplies, if there is an industrial accident.
Don’t worry, Ivor, we still intend to fight to protect your village and the surrounding area from INEOS, the Swiss petro-chemical giant, which is coming from Grangemouth in Scotland, where they have been fined for breaching numerous cases of Health and Safety law. Fortunately Scotland has declared a moratorium on fracking, like France, the Australian State of Victoria, the American State of New York and numerous other places. Lancashire County Council has refused a planning application for fracking. The people of Nottinghamshire expect the Notts County Council to do likewise.