From Bradmoor Farm
By Gordon Glass - 20th January 2014 6:00pm
Despite serious concerns from environmentalist groups and many ordinary people in this country, Fracking has significant support in government — indeed, financial inducements have recently been announced that are designed to encourage local authorities to permit relevant geological tests to be carried out.
Given public concerns, why might the British government be so keen to pursue this technology? Here's a possible reason.
According to the government's statistics, North Sea gas production is in rapid decline, falling by nearly two thirds since 2000. In 2012 year we imported about four times more gas than we exported, mostly from Norway and Qatar. Of the electricity we used in 2012, 39% started life as coal, 28% as gas, 19% as nuclear and 11% renewables. A rise in wholesale gas prices saw energy suppliers switching back to coal. Yet, the government wants CO2 down 80% by 2050.
What are the options?
27% of UK CO2 emissions come from our homes. We all need electricity and winter warmth. Fracking could be an answer, although the film Gasland (see here) points to potential downsides.
What ecologically friendly options do homeowners have?
Some are switching to a 100% renewable electricity tariff. Others are generating their own electricity and hot water with solar panels. Some are even using waste wood for space heating. The most determined are reducing their home's space heating requirement, so insulating themselves from future energy price hikes.
To find out more about these low carbon trailblazers, visit the superhomes website.
You can also see a superhomes video made by the Haddenham.net team by clicking here
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
Abbeyfield Residential Care Home for the elderly — do you know we exist?Are you tired of doing your own cooking. Fed up with your own company or are you a friend or relative that has noticed that an elderly person isn't quite themselves or needs a bit of help with their everyday routine. If so, then read on.We are a small 11-bed residential care home on Churchway providing care...
Over the weekend of Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November the Haddenham Museum Trust will be marking the opening of the village museum to the public twenty years ago.The event will take place in the Methodist Church in High Street, and will be open from 10.00am to 4.00pm each day. The museum will also be open over the same times each day.The programme for the weekend is shown...
In mid-September developers submitted a revised planning application in respect of land to the west of Churchway, immediately north of Rosemary Lane. The plot is listed as HAD007 on our Neighbourhood Plan.The planning reference is 17/02280/AOP (increased housing to 269, up from 239).You can see the details https://publicaccess.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/online-applications/appl...