TheGuardian: Fracking risk compared to thalidomide and asbestos

Guardian reports that chief scientific advisor to Govt has cited fracking as modern example of a huge public  health risk. Report also quotes an academic report giving concise summary of the energy policy situation in UK:

There is a “clear feasibility of strategies built entirely around energy efficiency and renewable energy”, the report, published earlier this month, says. “Yet one of the main obstacles to this lies in high-profile self-fulfilling assertions to the contrary, including by authoritative policy figures.”

“In energy… the obstacles to less-favoured strategies [such as energy efficiency and renewables] are typically more commercial, institutional and cultural than they are technical. Among the most potent of these political obstructions are claims from partisan interests — such as incumbent nuclear or fossil fuel industries — that there is no alternative to their favoured innovations and policies.”

 

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