Fracking green light 'reveals insidious and destructive climate denial of Ministers', says Green MEP
Keith Taylor, Green Party MEP for the South East, has responded to the unsuccessful attempt to halt fracking in Lancashire, as campaigners' bid for an injunction against Cuadrilla's plans to begin operations this week, on safety grounds, was dismissed by the High Court.
"I want to thank campaigners for their efforts in the High Court; I share their disappointment with the outcome. But we must remember that, ultimately, it is the government's full-throated and blind support for fracking, despite all the evidence, that has led us to this point. It is a sad day for democracy, for residents and for our planet. It proves we cannot trust the Tories on climate change."
"This week, climate scientists from across the globe pleaded with world leaders to take unprecedented action to divest from fossil fuels and decarbonise their economies to avert the very worst effects of a climate breakdown that is already in progress. Today, a government-backed bid to revive a dangerous and destructive fracking industry in England, against the wishes of the local community and local authority, has been given the green light."
"For all their warm words and greenwashing, the Tories have been conspiring with their friends in the filthy fossil fuel industry all along. Ministers' climate denial is insidious and disastrous."
"Britain under the Tories is a genuinely terrifying place. The ignorance of evidence and the pursuit of climate-destructive policies at any cost imperils any future we hope to build for the generations to come. History will not judge the Tories kindly. Greens will continue standing on the frontlines of the fight to protect our planet and keep supporting all of those brave heroes like the Frack Free Four who have put their lives and liberty on the line to do the same."