FROM UKIP’S DEPUTY LEADER It’s fracking great news
THE White Throated Needletail is a bird not seen on these shores for 22 years.
So you can imagine the excitement in the ‘twitcher’ community when one was spotted up in Harris, Scotland.
Up they went in their droves. They spotted it, photographed it, filmed it and even drew it… then splat! The White Throated Needletail flew straight into one of Scotland’s many wind turbines.
You’d think the RSPB would be furious. You’d also think they would denounce wind turbines.
Instead they came out with the usual tosh that wind turbines are needed to fight ‘climate change’.
The RSPB makes hundreds of thousands of pounds out of wind farms. So to use an old Scottish idiom: ‘He who pays the piper calls the tune’. ON Saturday, British heavyweight David Price will step into the ring for his rematch with Tony Thompson.
Two months ago the big Scouser was knocked out by the former world title contender.
I’ll make two bold predictions: the fight will be over in four rounds with a Price knock-out and he will be a world champion before the end of 2014. ENERGY bills have been on the rise for over a decade. They have gone up nearly TEN times the rate of inflation. It’s expected that they will rise by another £100 next winter.
Fuel poverty has become a real problem. It is believed that 4.5 million people live in fuel poverty in this country.
Last year it’s reckoned that 24,000 – mainly old – people died because they could not afford to heat their own homes.
The World Health Organisation has estimated that over 30 per cent of deaths each winter are a result of fuel poverty.
This is happening in our own country, Great Britain – the seventh largest economy in the world. It’s an appalling statistic.
But there is some good news. The government has announced we have double the amount of shale gas we initially thought.
We are told that we are sitting on an estimated 1,300 trillion cubic feet of shale gas. Now I have no idea what this looks like, but I know it’s a bloody lot!
It is meant to be the biggest shale gas reserve in Europe.
If this is the case, then we are sitting on enough shale gas to fuel this country for many years.
So it’s not just brilliant news for us – it’s great news for our kids and grandchildren.
Shale gas is important considering Ofgem – the energy regulator – has warned the lights could go out by 2015 if something isn’t done about it.
Of course the hippy brigade – the Greens, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the like – are up in arms.
And, as you’d expect with any common sense policy or proposal, Labour is also opposed.
Oh and so is the BNP. Strange bedfellows indeed...
So now we have green campaign groups and the Labour Party in alliance with the big energy companies, which are terrified of shale gas because they have invested so much money in the wind energy racket.
The energy companies also don’t want to see cheaper bills for the customer because it means they are making less profit.
They are afraid because they can see what shale gas achieved in the United States.
Since shale gas came online, energy bills in some areas of the United States have fallen by up to 30 per cent.
This has lifted a large number of people out of fuel poverty altogether. The discovery of shale gas has already created nearly 600,000 jobs in the United States, which I’m sure we could do with here.
Shale gas has also meant the United States does not rely on countries like China for its energy. It’s even made them an exporter of gas. Imagine if we could do the same. We would become a richer country and we wouldn’t have to rely so heavily on the Middle East for our energy supply.
It also might encourage us to stay out of useless wars.
Shale gas is the future. It will make up 43 per cent of America’s natural gas production by 2015.
China and India are on to shale gas now and have already started to extract it. We need to act.
You’ll hear all sorts of scare stories about fracking – the method used to extract shale gas – causing earthquakes or flames bursting out of your water taps.
Don’t believe it – they are claims made by people with an agenda. At best they are complete exaggerations, at worst they are downright lies.
So folks, I’ll leave you with these questions: Do you want cheaper energy bills? Do you want to see more jobs? Do you want us to supply our own energy? It’s a no-brainer.