Fracking opponents are ‘irrational’, says David Cameron
Mr Cameron used Tuesday’s hearing to launch a broadside at people criticising fracking projects for ideological reasons.
Mr Cameron said: “There are, though, some people who I think are opposing shale because they simply can’t bear the thought of another carbon-based fuel being used in our energy mix and I think that is irrational because it’s surely better for us to be extracting shale safely from our own country rather than paying a large price for having it imported from around the world.”
He added: “I think that’s why some people are so religiously opposed to it because they just don’t want to see any carbon-based energy work. I don’t think that’s helpful.”
Fracking could provide up to 74,000 jobs and result in £3.5 billion of investment, Mr Cameron said.
“If there’s an opportunity to extract clean, low-cost gas from shale in the UK we would be making a great mistake if we didn’t enable this industry to develop,” he said. Ministers this week said that local communities will be allowed to keep tax generated by fracking.
Si le Québec était laïc, nous exploiterions notre pétrole et notre gaz de schiste…