Friday, December 27, 2013

Victoria's Green Matters - 27th December 2013

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

It is difficult to believe that there are still people who are climate change deniers and even more difficult to believe that lots of them are part of our ‘greenest government ever’.

We have news of the projects in mind to increase the capacity of our airports when what we should be doing is gradually reducing our dependence on air travel. We hear about proposed plans to expand Gatwick Airport which could mean that the number of flights would be doubled. This means not only double the flights but double the traffic to and from the airport and all the extra vehicles needed for the services required to cope with the extra people. Another runway at Heathrow would necessitate the moving of the M25 – that is something to conjure with – and all the work that would entail to again increase the capacity for flights.

Another option under discussion is an airport on the Isle of Grain – a beautiful area with lots of wildlife and where the local communities are very much against the plan.

Then we hear of the possibility that up to two thirds of our country may be leased to companies for fracking for shale gas. It is reported that 150 applications for licences to frack are expected from major energy companies and the government is planning to bribe affected communities with up to £1bn of financial incentives. They will need compensation when they are dealing with air pollution, noisy trucks, gas flaring and possible water contamination!

Victoria Nicholls. Transition Deal.

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