Execllent article by our good friend Paul Mobbs in the Ecologist. Read it in full.
Discussing why the pro-frackers largely refuse to engage with anyone, his analysis is spot on:
“Let’s examine this from their point of view. If:
- you are able to fund lots of positive media coverage;
- you have the Government and leading political figures helping your case;
- your friends in the finance industry can engineer a fracking boom;
- one of the industry bosses, Lord Browne, happens to work as a non-executive Government minister …
then you don’t need to turn up for public debates. You can say what you like because, in the controlled conditions under which they will appear, no one would ever challenge what they say.
In short – the public’s concerns don’t matter; and that means that your concerns do not matter!”