We Can and Must Get Off Fossil Fuels
Climate change is no longer something that might effect poor people, far away, in the future.
Climate change has already effected every continent on earth.
13 of the 14 hottest years on record occurred this century. 4 of the 5 hottest years were in the last 5 years. 2014 was the hottest year on record, and 2015 will beat that, “by miles”.
Extreme weather events are increasing. The East Riding of Yorkshire is particularly at risk from the impacts of climate change, especially flooding.
“The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says in a stark report that most of the world’s electricity can – and must – be produced from low-carbon sources by 2050.
If not, the world faces “severe, pervasive and irreversible” damage.”
Most Fossil Fuels Must Stay In The Ground
No amount of regulation can change the fact that shale gas is a fossil fuel, and most fossil fuels need to stay in the ground to avoid catastrophic climate change. That’s most fossil fuels that we know about, never mind exploring for new unconventional fossil fuels, like fracking.
Nature is one of the world’s most respected scientific journals:
“globally, a third of oil reserves, half of gas reserves and over 80 per cent of current coal reserves should remain unused … in order to meet the target of 2 °C” [of global warming]
“More than 80 per cent of the world’s known coal reserves need to stay in the ground to avoid dangerous climate change, according to new research.
Thirty per cent of known oil and 50 per cent of gas reserves are unburnable and drilling in the Arctic is out of the question if we’re to stay below two degrees, the new research notes.
…meeting our two-degree commitment in a cost-effective way means leaving all unconventional oil and 82 per cent of unconventional gas resources in the ground”
Our ageing coal power stations will have been mostly phased out before shale gas can be developed to a large scale in the UK – so fracking can not replace coal here.
“Nature paper shows abundant gas would squeeze out renewable energy and likely increase overall carbon emissions”
Fracking boom will not tackle global warming, analysis warns – The Guardian