Let's get fracking
BY spectator events
December 2, 2013
1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE
Andrew Neil, chairman, The Spectator Magazine Group
Peter Lilley, For the motion, Conservative Party politician and chairman, the Globalisation and Global Poverty policy group
Nick Grealy, For the motion, director, No Hot Air (energy consultancy), specialising in public perception and acceptance issues of shale energy worldwide
Natalie Bennett, Against the motion, leader of the Green Party
The audience voted in favour of the motion 112:38.
Shale gas is hailed by some as the link between finite fossil fuels and infinite renewable energy. It has been praised as environmentally friendly and economically beneficial. David Cameron promises hydraulic fracturing will create 70,000 jobs in the UK and stated that he would welcome the process near his home. However, fracking is also condemned as a toxic threat to the environment, set to send energy prices soaring. Is fracking the answer to the UK’s energy supply problems? Or will it permanently damage Britain’s attempts to become a cleaner greener land?