Green MEP launches briefing to help people say no fracking plans, as IPCC urges radical climate action
Keith Taylor, Green Party MEP for the South East, has produced and issued a briefing to help fracking opponents to respond to two government consultations aimed at rolling out fracking across England.
The briefing comes as the IPCC climate report is published, revealing that only urgent and radical action will keep global warming below 1.5c and mitigate the very worst effects of the climate breakdown.
Commenting on the report, the senior Green politician, who has also recorded a video urging people to oppose the government's fracking plans, said:
"When climate scientists across the world are telling political leaders that the only way to avoid climate catastrophe is to remake the human world within a generation, it is unconscionable that the Tories are still pushing ahead with plans to fast-track the dangerous exploitation of new climate-destructive shale gas reserves. And planning to bypass local democracy in the process."
"Fracking has never been compatible with our binding climate commitments under the Paris agreement. Today's IPCC report makes clear the brutal reality of the impact of global warming exceeding 1.5c. Failure to keep below that limit is assured if the Tories press ahead with fracking."
"Rather than jailing the fracking protesters heroically defending our planet and our future, Ministers must wake up and take urgent action to drop their support for the climate-destructive fossil fuel industry. Fracking is a form of increasingly dangerous climate denial."
Mr Taylor, whose briefing is aimed at helping people respond to the government's Permitted Development and Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects consultations, added:
"People overwhelmingly support renewables and reject fracking. So much so that a government ideologically committed to the latter has stopped asking them which they prefer. If the government won't listen to climate scientists, it is my hope they might finally be forced to listen to the thousands of responses to their insidious and antidemocratic plans to fast-track fracking. England, our planet, and our future aren't for shale."