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Developing fracking 'an urgent national priority'

Building up the UK's fracking industry should be "an urgent national priority" in order to create jobs, make Britain less reliant on foreign energy supply and cut emission, Lords have said.

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Greenpeace: Fracking 'non-solution' to energy crisis

Fracking is a "non-solution" to global warming, dwindling natural resources and dependency on foreign gas, a leading environmental charity has said.

Greenpeace UK chief scientist Dr Doug Parr criticised the Lords Economic Affairs Committee for "cherry-picking" evidence to support Government plans to go "all out for shale".

The real urgent national priority is to push ahead with the renewable technology and efficiency measures which would much more rapidly address the security issues flagged up by the Ukraine crisis.

The Lords spent seven months cherry-picking the wafer thin evidence that fits a foregone conclusion about the benefits of shale gas.

This is just more taxpayer-funded cheerleading from unelected politicians who seem all too happy to ignore the country's legitimate concerns about fracking.

– Dr Doug Parr

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