10 Reasons to be Backing Fracking

Ever wondered if you should be backing fracking? Here are our Top 10 reasons:

 

1. Jobs

A predicted 64,500 jobs across the county, including in places like Blackpool, Preston and Ryedale that could really benefit from them

2. Contracts

Contracts for local firms as part of a predicted £33 billion supply chain

3. Community benefit payments

Ongoing payments to local residents that could be worth between £3m and £4m PER SITE based on current gas prices

4. Business rates

Local councils can keep 100% of shale gas business rates which can then be used to fund things like rural bus services and keep libraries open

5. Tax revenues

A profitable shale gas industry will generate substantial new tax receipts that central government can use to spend on public priorities like health, education and welfare

6. Less reliance on imported foreign gas

Imports currently meet over half our total demand, including LNG in ships from Qatar whose own Gulf neighbours believe is funding ISIS, the terrorists that want to bomb us - who wants to send money to terrorists every time they switch their gas central heating on?

7. Lower CO2 emissions than imported gas

Whether via pipeline from the continent or LNG in ships, it all has a higher Greenhouse Gas emissions footprint than gas extracted under our own feet, so switching will be helping the fight against climate change

8. Energy cost control

With less reliance on imports, and more UK production, we have a better chance of controlling costs and therefore energy prices for consumers - including the 13.2% of people in Blackpool that are living in fuel poverty

9. Gas is better than coal in electricity generation

When burned to generate electricity, gas produces around half the CO2 of coal, and so coal-to-gas switching is a great way of cutting CO2 emissions and virtually eliminating toxic air pollutants linked to 40,000 premature deaths every year in the UK

10. Productive uses of gas

Gas is used in making medicines, provides heat to four-fifths of homes, is used to make fertiliser to grow food to feed our 65 million residents, as the base for plastics, and to provide heat in industrial processes like glass making, ceramics, bricks and steel. A UK source of gas for these uses will help keep British industry competitive, safeguarding jobs