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MPs call for a ban on fracking in order to meet carbon targets - 26th January

Fracking

A committee of MPs have called for a moratorium on fracking on the grounds that it could derail efforts to tackle climate change. The Government’s drive for shale gas should be put on hold because it would lead to more reliance on fossil fuels, the Environmental Audit Committee has warned.

The Environmental Audit Committee has highlighted that there are huge uncertainties about the environmental impact of fracking, with the committee of MPs reporting that shale fracking is incompatible with UK carbon targets and could pose environmental and health risks.

Committee chair Joan Walley MP emphasised that “ultimately fracking cannot be compatible with our long term commitments to cut climate changing emissions unless full scale carbon capture and storage technology is rolled out rapidly, which currently looks unlikely”. She highlighted that there are “also huge uncertainties around the impact that fracking could have on water supplies, air quality and public health”.

Gas is currently seen as being cleaner than coal, with some saying that gas can act as a bridge to a low carbon future, buying more time for renewable energy to become more efficient. However, the opposing argument highlights that any kind of fossil fuel locks us into a high carbon future and undermines a switch to greener forms of power.

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