Fracked Off

I wasn’t at the Olympics when they booed George Osborne last year, but I saw and heard it on the televsion. I hope all those people and more are booing him today even louder after he has announced tax breaks for firms extracting shale gas.
Ungorgeous George reckons the UK must be leaders in this market. He might as well consign half the country to a watery grave and kill off all unborn children. Yes, it is that serious.
Of course if it were just the UK that will be affected by this exploitation of the earth’s resources, we could pack our bags now, bid a nostalgic farewell to lands that were a byword for green and pleasant, and remove to a more environmentally sensitive world.
But behaviours in one country affect all of us. A bit like the flap of the butterfly’s wings in New Mexico that ends in a hurricane in China.
The arrogance, the ignorance of this announcement, literally made me cry. We are currently experiencing unusually high temperatures in the UK. I admit I am enjoying them, but our seasons and weather patterns have become so odd and unpredictable over recent years, that if there is not going to be an equal and more devastating flip to this later along the line, I should be very surprised.
The effects of our carbon emissions can never be reversed, even if we rein in now, but if accelerate them, stop looking at less environmentally damaging alternatives, I am really wondering how many generations we have left.
So write to George. Tell him how shocked you are. Tell him to think again. Tell him how short-sighted and selfish tghis is. Because no amount money in the treasury can bring the earth back to life when we have sucked it dry.
And if there is an afterlife we are going to have a lot of explaining to do to all the other species who we take down with us.

2 thoughts on “Fracked Off

  1. It is a crying shame that the “powerful” people of our world all seem to be living in the back pocket of the huge oil corporations. They really do need to give their heads a shake…the rest of us can plainly see the devastating effects of mankind’s addiction to fossil fuels. Thank you for speaking up!

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