Fracking Opponents Are ‘Irrational’, Says David Cameron

  • Date: 15/01/14
  • Peter Dominiczak, The Daily Telegraph

David Cameron calls opponents of fracking “irrational” and says they are “religiously opposed” to the controversial technique.

Many opponents of gas fracking are “irrational” and simply “can’t bear the thought of another carbon-based fuel”, David Cameron said on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister attacked people who he described as “religiously opposed” to shale gas exploration.

He said that fracking is a “real opportunity” for Britain and that it could solve our gas needs for decades to come.

The Prime Minister warned that people refusing to back the process despite being presented with evidence that it is safe are not being “helpful”.

Appearing before the Commons Liaison Committee, Mr Cameron also said that he is in favour of “cash payments to householders” disturbed by the drilling of wells near their homes. [...]

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.”

He accepted that there would be local arguments over the impact of wells on communities, but said that they should be “properly informed by what the potential of this industry is”.

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