Thursday, April 16, 2015

Victoria's Green Matters - 16th April 2015

Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent Mercury:

There was a dramatic announcement this week about the discovery of between 50billion and 100billion barrels of oil, lying under fields just north of Gatwick Airport. A very scary thought indeed! Only a climate change denier would celebrate such an occurrence as coal and oil are the dirtiest of fossil fuels and will do the most damage to the world’s changing climate.

We have also heard news of some brave Greenpeace campaigners who have boarded a Shell drilling rig on its way to the Alaskan Arctic to drill for oil in that most pristine of landscapes.

We must, of course, temper our horror of both happenings because we have to realise that we are a long way from the production of oil in both cases and at the present time the price of oil is low enough to discourage investment in drilling. If you are looking for good news, it is fair to say that the process of producing oil near Gatwick will not involve fracking and there are many such wells around the country that have been producing oil for many years.

It is difficult to believe that Shell have continued to go ahead with their plans to drill in the Arctic in the face of vigorous protests from around the world. It is unfortunate that while President Obama has announced plans to cut carbon emissions, he has also given Shell permission to drill in the Arctic. The climate cannot afford the burning of this fossil fuel

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