We cannot afford to miss out on shale gas – David Cameron – Telegraph

This is a MUST READ article from UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, and published in the Telegraph.

via We cannot afford to miss out on shale gas – David Cameron – Telegraph.

Personally, I do not think that David Cameron has accurately reflected the damage to the environment that would be caused by extensive fracking in some of the UK’s most beautiful countryside; also the risks have been understated.

I am also suspicious of the role of the Local Authorities here. If Local Authorities receive £100,000 for the granting of a license for exploration, surely they are going to be less stringent in protecting environmental issues?

Finally, when the fracking companies go into production, they are going to pay the Local Authorities a share of the revenues for the benefit of the community. I would argue that the compensation should be paid to property owners whose views are blighted by the fracking sites. To reinforce this argument, I refer you to a series of blogs from Pit, a German expat living in Southern Texas, who described in detail what happened when they set up a fracking site across the road from his house. in Texas.

Once again, there does not appear to have been proper consultation from David Cameron’s Government and now we are getting spin to justify a decision already made.

Let me ask two open questions:

  1. Should David Cameron take the fracking decision to the UK people with a referendum?
  2. Why haven’t European countries like Germany and France embraced fracking?
Against fracking 01

Against fracking 01 (Photo credit: Bosc d’Anjou)

Any thoughts?…………

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Merkel Needs to Confront Real European Reform – Jürgen Habermas: SPIEGEL ONLINE

Chancelor of the Federal Republic of Germany D...

Chancelor of the Federal Republic of Germany Dr. Angela Merkel on the open door day at the Bundeskanzleramt in Berlin, Germany Français : Dr Angela Merkel, chancelière de la République Fédérale d’Allemagne, lors de la journée portes ouvertes de la Bundeskanzleramt à Berlin, en Allemagne. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jürgen Habermas during a discussion in the Mun...

Jürgen Habermas during a discussion in the Munich School of Philosophy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an excellent MUST READ article by leading German sociologist and philosopher, Jürgen Habermas, published by Spiegel Online. Check it out!

via Jürgen Habermas: Merkel Needs to Confront Real European Reform – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

This article takes a very hard look at Angela Merkel‘s performance since the financial crisis of 2008. The conclusion is that Angela Merkel has bungled policies to appeal to popular German support, without confronting reality and risk to Germany’s European allies and partners in Southern Europe, including France.

Personally, I am still hopeful that Chancellor Angela Merkel will face up to her responsibilities once she wins the election in September; she’s seems the the favorite to win, unless there is a disaster.

Any thoughts?


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