On Wednesday 5 February, you will vote on the Delvaux/Szymanski report on the 2030 climate and energy package.In this context, I am asking you to support• amendment 27 which urges local and regional authorities not to authorise fracking• three binding targets on energy efficiency, renewables and greenhouse gas emissions (paragraph 4 of the original Delvaux/Szymanski report)And I ask you to reject: Amendments 6 and 14:
Amendment 27 reads:
“On the basis of the precautionary principle and taking into account the risks and the negative climate, environmental and health impacts involved in unconventional hydrocarbon exploration and extraction (e.g. of shale gas), and the gaps identified in the EU regulatory regime for such activities which the Commission has yielded to pressure not to regulate on, urges local and regional authorities not to authorise any unconventional hydrocarbon exploration or extraction operations in the EU, and urges Member States to refrain from preventing such decisions”(emphasis added)
Going hand in hand with our opposition to shale gas and other fossil fuel extraction is a desire to see Europe to make significant energy savings, and for there to be a greater percentage of renewables in Europe’s energy supply. This is why we, as citizens, ask you to support three binding targets on energy efficiency, renewables and greenhouse gas emissions (paragraph 4 of the original Delvaux/Szymanski report) and ask you to reject amendments 6 and 14 which represent a backtrack of our current energy policy.
Europe deserves a clean, green future, not the toxic legacy afforded by continuing to use fossil fuels. It is in your power to support this, I respectfully request that you please find it in your heart to do so. The latest research on shale gas extraction by academics in USA, where hydraulic fracturing has been used prolifically, shows that the impact on population includes that of heightening the chances of a child suffering from neural tube and heart defects. Whatever political party you support, whatever their strategy, please look at the ethics here and ask yourself, ‘How can I possibly support the destruction of a baby in the womb for profit?’ There can be no greater crime against human decency than this. You have a duty to protect us as citizens of the UK, please do everything within your power to stop this criminal industry.