"THE lady doth protest too much, me thinks." When William Shakespeare wrote this immortal phrase he could well have had Rosemary Haworth-Booth in mind.
She falls on old, discredited information to further the myth of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming (CAGW) caused, allegedly, by the burning of fossil fuels. She appears to ignore the fact that (so-called) climate scientists by the droves are turning their backs on this flawed theory realising that independent, peer-reviewed science has shown that increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere follows temperature variations rather than causing CAGW.
She then turns her attention to fracking. With my experience in the gas industry I can assure Mrs Haworth-Booth that, because the bedrock of the South West peninsula is granite, it is extremely unlikely we will have fracking on our doorstep. That being said, fracking does not cause the harm much-vaunted by the greens. It does not pollute the water table and scientific evidence shows no direct link to earthquakes.
As for the "huge quantities of water" it allegedly consumes, the Guardian recently implied that a town in Texas is running dry because of water used for fracking. Yet in Texas only 1 per cent of water is used for fracking, while nationally, the United States uses only 0.3 per cent – less than is used for watering golf courses.
As for her statement that fracking water cannot be recycled, this reveals her ignorance of the natural processes which continuously recycle all of the water on the planet.
According to the Taxpayers' Alliance British families are unknowingly providing millions of pounds to green lobbyists who campaign for higher taxes on energy bills.
Since 1997, £86 million has been handed to climate change and environmental groups by the EU. It claims Britain's share of funding for organisations including Friends of the Earth, WWF, and Climate Action Network stands at £8.6 million during that period.
I can't help but feel that fear of losing this cash stream has more than a little influence on green policies.
In Norway recently I was struck by the lack of wind turbines, either on or off shore. Instead of pandering to the green orthodoxy the Norwegians fully embrace the treasures on their territory – oil and gas – and the benefits they bring to the national economy.