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Cameron backs fracking

The Prime Minister today gave his backing to fracking. In a tweet he set out why he thinks the search for oil and gas via the controversial process will benefit Britain.

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PM says we need mix of 'energy resources'

The Balcombe fracking site in West Sussex, attracting lots of protest Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Prime Minister's intervention follows comments from former Government adviser Lord Howell of Guildford, the father-in-law of Chancellor George Osborne, who suggested that fracking should be confined to "desolate" areas of northern England.

Fracking has transformed the energy market in the United States, cutting costs for households and businesses and ministers hope for a similar effect in the UK.

The Prime Minister said it has "real potential to drive energy bills down" and insisted that the Government was not "turning our back" on low carbon generation but needed to secure a mix of energy sources.

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