Debate

Let’s get fracking

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?

Speakers

Peter Lilley

Peter Lilley

For the motion

Conservative Party politician and Chairman of the Globalisation and Global Poverty policy group.

Nick Grealy

Nick Grealy

For the motion

Director of the energy consultancy No Hot Air, specialising in public perception and acceptance issues of shale energy worldwide.

Natalie Bennett

Natalie Bennett

Against the motion

Leader of the Green Party

Joss Garman

Joss Garman

Against the motion

Deputy Political Director of Greenpeace UK

Craig Bennett

Craig Bennett

Against the motion

Director of policy and campaigns, Friends of the Earth

Andrew Neil

Andrew Neil

Chair

Chairman of The Spectator Magazine Group

Venue

1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE