Western Morning News/Western Daily Press/Plymouth Herald
Published: 26th October 2016
“There is a clear distinction between the exploitation of minerals and the extraction of shale gas. The distinction is really about whether an industry has a future or not. If we are to continue to have mobile phones we will need tin and tungsten. But the Paris Agreement on tackling climate change means fracking and a dash for gas are incompatible with the commitment to holding global temperature rise to under 2˚C.
It has been calculated that two thirds of known fossil fuel reserves must be left in the ground if we are to stabilise our climate, so it is inconceivable that we should be finding and exploiting new reserves….We are now entering the second industrial revolution, away from fossil fuels and towards renewables, so it is time to leave fossil fuels where they belong, in the ground.”