The Times, 24 Oct 2014:
The tactics being used by fracking companies are identical to those previously employed by the tobacco industry (Ex-environment boss in fracking study Oct 22) It is entirely predictable that Cuadrilla and other shale gas companies would employ Chris Smith and even an ex-director of Greenpeace in order to lend credibility to studies that are funded by the industry itself, but none of this alters the fact that fracking is about producing fossil fuels which pose as great a threat to the environment as smoking does to public health. Last year the leading medical journals in the UK followed the lead of their US counterparts in refusing to publish any more medical papers that had been funded by the tobacco industry. It is only a matter of time before the same principle is applied to the fossil fuel industry.
Dr Robin Russell-Jones
Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire
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