Please Mr Cameron, don't add fracking insult to flooding injury


I live in a village on the outskirts of York, UK.  On Boxing Day, York, a beautiful historic city, was hit by the worst flooding in living memory.  Many homes and businesses have been destroyed. York is used to flooding, but the scale of it this time was overwhelming.  Before Christmas Cumbria was also devastated by flooding, and on Boxing Day parts of Lancashire suffered as much as York.  As I used to live in Lancashire, I spent a great deal of Boxing Day ringing friends and relatives to check whether they had escaped the rising waters.  My thoughts and prayers are with all who have suffered from the recent flooding. 

The Met Office admits that there is evidence of 'increasing frequency/intensity of daily rainfall events as the planet warms' (see http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/media/pdf/n/i/Recent_Storms_Briefing_Final_07023.pdf). In other words, our changing weather patterns are at the very least partly due to global warming. It is therefore likely that the flooding that we have seen will not be a one-off event. 

In December 2015 the UN Climate Summit reached an agreement to keep global temperatures from rising. In the same month, the government unveiled its plans to go ahead with fracking, including fracking on sites of special scientific interest. 

FRACKING WILL INCREASE EMISSIONS OF GREENHOUSE GASES AND EXACERBATE CLIMATE CHANGE.  The government has pledged a sum of 280 million to help with flood defences in Yorkshire, which of course is necessary.  BUT in the long term we need to call a halt to global warming, and I believe this can only be done through investment in renewable energy. Wind power is clean and reliable.  Admittedly, wind turbines may not be pretty, but at least they will not contaminate your water or air with dangerous chemicals.  The UK is also one of the best places to harness wind power in the world.  Campaigns to raise awareness of government subsidies to home owners and landlords could also see an increase in solar panel installation.  Wave and tidal energy would also be a good source of power in the UK, as we are surrounded by water and have many estuaries.  

We need to make major changes in the way we generate our power and quickly for the health of our planet, our own wellbeing, and for the wellbeing of future generations. 

Janet x

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