Christopher Pincher is the Member of Parliament for Tamworth. Follow Chris on Twitter.
Shale gas is back on the agenda in Village Westminster. An all-party group chaired by my colleague Dan Byles was recently launched to a packed audience. The Select Committee for Energy & Climate Change has also just published another supportive report (free of carbon targets). DECC has lifted its moratorium on drilling and is launching a new round of licenses. The Chancellor has promised proposals on community incentives to support exploration. And the leader of rhe Greens, Natalie Bennett, has been inveighing against the horrors of fracking.
Despite the latest positive pressure, that Green attack continues to be significant. Laying aside for the moment their axiom that “If it don’t blow, we don’t want to know”, consider the cumulative impact their tightly-focussed opposition campaign, allied to lazy journalism, complacent industry PR, sloppy scientific analysis, miniscule geological data and half-hearted political backing, has had on the prospects for shale gas as a significant energy source, job creator and revenue generator for the United Kingdom.