Independent, 21 January 2014:
Peter Lilley has stated that those who oppose fracking may be concerned about the burning of fossil fuels, but that they have “failed to make a convincing case” (BBC Radio Five Live, 13 January). Actually it is not the anti-fracking protestors that need to make the case, since this has already been done in the five reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Furthermore, virtually every government world-wide has accepted that levels of CO2 in the atmosphere must not exceed 450 parts per million (ppm) if we are to avoid runaway climate change. Since it is currently 400 ppm and increasing by 2-3 ppm per annum, we only have 20 years before we exceed the 450 ppm threshold.
So in reality it is Peter Lilley, George Osborne and David Cameron who are required to justify their reckless support for a technology that will make the UK dependent on fossil fuel extraction for the next 30 years and longer.
Dr Robin Russell-Jones
Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire