Thursday, 9 April 2015

Signing up to the FrackFree Promise

Last month, I was emailed by Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth to confirm that I would be prepared to support their 'Frack Free promise". 

I responded immediately to agree to commit myself to their pledge. I wrote back to explain that TUSC's national conference voted to make sure that we had 'oppose fracking' clearly in our manifesto. The manifesto also calls for:

  • Deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions - otherwise climate change, caused by capitalism, will destroy us.
  • Invest in publicly-owned and controlled renewable energy. 
  • Move to sustainable, low-pollution industry and farming - stop the pollution that is destroying our environment. No to profit-driven GM technology.
  • Produce for need, not profit, and design goods for reuse and recycling.

Today, Greenpeace have released the names of candidates who have backed the 'Frack Free promise' - including mine and many other TUSC candidates. However, regrettably, we are listed only as 'other' rather than under the name of TUSC, despite us making the sixth largest stand of any party on May 7.

As they say in their press release: "The UK government has already opened up over half of Britain for fracking and is expected to start awarding licence blocks to energy firms after the election. This is despite widespread opposition to the controversial technique and growing evidence of its harmful impacts on the environment and the climate.

“Fracking is not the answer to our energy needs. Instead of gambling our future on an unproven and risky industry that may never deliver, the next government should invest in the tried and tested clean technologies that can provide cheap and safe energy for decades to come.”

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