Green groups were livid today as Prime Minister David Cameron announced the UK “can’t afford” to miss out on big bucks earned from fracking for shale gas.
Campaigners said there were plenty of other sources of energy which could bring cash into the country’s coffers.
Andrew Pendleton Friends of the Earth’s Head of Campaigns said: “This country has some of the best renewable energy resources on the planet. The PM should stop over-hyping fracking and get on with the job of reaping the huge economic benefits of being at the forefront of a clean industrial revolution.”
Others bashed his argument that drilling for shale gas will cut British bills.
Greenpeace’s Energy Campaigner Leila Deen said: “Experts from Ofgem to Deutsche Bank to drilling company Cuadrilla itself agree UK shale will not bring down bills, because unlike the US, the UK is part of a huge European gas market.”
She warned the Conservative leader should think twice about shale gas, claiming it could lose his party votes: “We’ve seen that foisting fracking on communities – South or North – doesn’t work and his comments are likely to further stir rebellion in the Home Counties, not quell it.”