Fracking is key to reducing the UK’s reliance on gas imports according to the government’s Committee on Climate Change chairman Lord Deben who has said he is in favour of it.
Speaking in an interview with The Times, Deben said that use of shale gas would not necessarily bring down energy prices but added: “The carbon budgets have already assumed that we are going to use gas well on through the 2020s and into the 30s. There will be a need for gas [and] much better to have it from us and as soon as we can because I do genuinely think people ought to be worried about the security of our energy supplies.”
Debden, who served as environment secretary under the name of John Gummer for John Major’s government, dismissed claims from environmental groups. “It just isn’t true that fracking is going to destroy the environment and the world is going to come to an end if you frack,” he said.