‘Fracking’ exploration could affect 60 per cent of UK
Two thirds of England, including large swathes of countryside, is now under active consideration for a risky, polluting, expensive form of fossil fuel extraction.
So, what is the source of the claim? It appears that Greenpeace’s Energy Desk got a hold of a Department of Energy and Climate Change map of potential shale gas exploration, and have decided to wave it around the air to draw attention to how silly they are.
For your viewing pleasure I give you the map.
Now, I am not entirely sure of the makeup of my UK readership, but I have a strong suspicion dear reader that, in the eyes of Greenpeace anyway, where you are sitting is potentially going to be fracked. Not only that, but it would appear that most of London is right in the eye of the fracking Hurricane.
All of this of course is blatant nonsense, but one must ask how Greenpeace, and more importantly, The Independent didn’t realise it was nonsense. Greenpeace had three of their people on this, and I’ll leave leave it to you to decide what this says about the quality of the journalism they claim to be doing.
Significant sections of the public don’t trust environmentalists. Here we have a microcosm of why this is so, and also why it is not entirely unjustified. Greenpeace has a choice between evidence based thinking or dishonesty, wishful thinking and ignorance of reality. I fear however that they will continue to take the latter course.