Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

Monday, 26 September 2016

Labour wants to ban fracking to stop climate change

From the Mail - Labour is to announce that it will ban fracking if it wins the next general election - despite Jeremy Corbyn promising to bring back coal mining.

"Shadow energy minister Barry Gardiner will confirm a new policy at the party conference in Liverpool later, insisting an 'outright ban' on fracking natural gas is vital to tackle climate change.

Fracking involves drilling into the ground and using explosive techniques to extract natural gas which can be used to generate power. The process is controversial over fears it can cause earthquakes and is bad for the environment.

'The next Labour government will back the clean technologies of the future.

'We will consult with our colleagues in industry and the trade unions about the best way to transition our energy industry to create the vital jobs and apprenticeships we are going to need for the UK's low-carbon future.'

During his first run at the Labour leadership last year, Mr Corbyn said: 'The last deep mine coal mines in South Wales have gone.

'But it's quite possible that in future years coal prices will start to go up again around the world and maybe they'll be a case for what is actually very high quality coal, particularly in South Wales, being mined again.'

Mr Corbyn said so-called 'clean coal', which uses technology to trap escaping carbon dioxide, was 'complicated' but 'quite attractive'."

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