Members of Brent FoE with MP Glenda Jackson
As part of national FoE's anti-fracking campaign, we are meeting our MPs and prospective Parliamentary candidates to find out their views and highlight our concerns about this 'dirty' technology.
So far we met with prospective Brent Central and Hampstead & Kilburn Libdem candidates, Ibrahim Taguri, and Maajed Nawaz both of whom are anti-fracking; and this week Nick, Viv, Pam, Debbie, Pat (pictured) and Farhan met Glenda Jackson, Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn. In a lively discussion we found common ground on the need to address climate change more urgently and insulate our homes
(building regulations have sadly weakened under the coalition Government), but disagreed on the so called 'energy gap' and whether fracking has a role to play in 'keeping the lights on'.
Whereas FoE believe we must leave some fossil fuel in the ground to achieve carbon reduction targets, Glenda felt that fracking for shale gas, in spite of concerns about the dangers of the process, and the climate change effects, is essential because renewables such as wind and solar cannot meet the gaps in gas supplies that may arise in the next few years.
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