The BBC reports that a proposal to place a moratorium on fracking for two-and-a-half years was crushed today in Parliament. The proposal was supported by, eh, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood:
(Westwood, wearing several coats)
The Environmental Audit Committee had put together an audit on fracking which had recommended the 30-month ban on the grounds of there being “huge uncertainties” about the practice:
We called for a moratorium on fracking because it cannot be accommodated within our climate change obligations. A halt is also needed on environmental grounds, and it is essential that further independent studies into the impacts of fracking in the UK are completed to help resolve the environmental risk uncertainties.
The vote was a massive rejection of this logic, a mirror of the delaying tactic currently being employed regarding the Keystone XL project in the United States. Prime Minister David Cameron, in a stark contrast to President Obama, has claimed he is ready to go “all out” on shale gas because of the economic benefit and the reduction of reliance on foreign sources.