Government fracking bribe: Green Party responds

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The British Government has announced new financial incentives for local authorities who accept fracking in their area.

The new proposals would mean:

– Local authorities will receive all the business rates collected from shale gas schemes – rather than the usual 50%.

– Business rates commitment would mean councils keeping up to £1.7m extra a year from each fracking site.

A spokesperson for Tameside Green Party , said:

“The Government is now bribing local residents in a desperate attempt to impose fracking on our communities. But in reality many people won’t be willing to take the risks associated with Fracking in return for the bribe. We know that Fracking is unlikely to cut bills and poses a real threat to our environment.

This bribe will mean pro-fracking councils are handed cash that could otherwise have been spent of schools, hospitals and investment in renewables.

” The Green Party is now the only major political party opposed to this dash for gas. Rather than carving up the countryside in this reckless pursuit of shale gas we desperately need investment in clean renewable energy and energy efficiency schemes so that we confront climate change and reduce people’s energy bills.”

The British Government has announced new financial incentives for local authorities who accept fracking in their area.

The new proposals would mean:

– Local authorities will receive all the business rates collected from shale gas schemes – rather than the usual 50%.

– Business rates commitment would mean councils keeping up to £1.7m extra a year from each fracking site.

Keith Taylor, the Green Party’s MEP for South East England, said:

“The Government is now bribing local residents in a desperate attempt to impose fracking on our communities. But in reality many people won’t be willing to take the risks associated with Fracking in return for the bribe. We know that Fracking is unlikely to cut bills and poses a real threat to our environment.

This bribe will mean pro-fracking councils are handed cash that could otherwise have been spent of schools, hospitals and investment in renewables.

” The Green Party is now the only major political party opposed to this dash for gas. Rather than carving up the countryside in this reckless pursuit of shale gas we desperately need investment in clean renewable energy and energy efficiency schemes so that we confront climate change and reduce people’s energy bills.”

– See more at: http://www.keithtaylormep.org.uk/2014/01/13/government-fracking-bribe-keith-responds/?utm_source=hootsuite&utm_campaign=hootsuite#sthash.6Ny0csmk.dpuf

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Remove Corporate Fracking interests from the Government

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Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has repeatedly spoken up against having people from the fossil fuel industry embedded within government, and has made Freedom of information  requests to Department of Energy and Climate Change including about Cuadrilla’s Chairman, the disgraced former BP Chairman Lord Browne, who has used his position within the Cabinet Office as an advisor to the Government to water down the regulations on Fracking for Cuadrilla.

It is thus hardly surprising that the UK government is promoting and investing into helping the fossil fuel industry expand its reserves to include those with the biggest carbon intensity and environmental risk to extract, despite the increasing acceptance (outside of government) that we can only burn 20 to 25% of the global fossil fuel reserves that are already proven, to have any good chance of getting our global temperature rise down to under 2 degrees.

This embedded self-serving parasitic corporate web, which World Development Movement have shown graphically is also linked up with the banking sector’s funding of the fossil fuel industry, needs to be removed from government, and this petition aims to make a start towards this goal. Please sign:

Sign the Petition here to Outlaw Conflicts of Interest within Government:

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