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Fracking: We have to find other solutions
EVERY home in York is situated where fracking companies will be evaluating the potential for drilling operations.
In the UK we are brilliant at shouting about things we don’t want but bad at proposing solutions, particularly on energy. We are 25th out 27 EU nations on producing energy from renewables.
Our intransigence is the reason why the Allerton incinerator proposals envisage the plant being built in the middle of nowhere, instead of situating it in York where it could heat half our homes.
In the long term, as fossil fuels escalate in price, we will rue wasting a billion pounds of heat over 20 years while we fret about fuel poverty and keeping the elderly warm. Other nations view our behaviour with total bemusement.
The town of Heerlen, Netherlands, has converted an abandoned coal mine into a source of geothermal energy by exploiting the warm mine water far below the surface. They are heating 350 homes and reducing dependence on fossil fuels.
Instead of allowing the frackers the upper hand by proposing nothing ourselves, let us agree to make productive use of the old Selby coalfield.
Christian Vassie, Blake Court, Wheldrake, York.
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