Extreme Energy Tour

Campaigners set out on an ‘extreme energy’ tour of Huddersfield.

Saturday 1st December will be the Global Day of Action on Climate Change. As governments meet in Doha, Qatar, for the latest round of UN climate talks, campaigners around the world will be demonstrating for a massive reduction in carbon emissions due to burning fossil fuels.

In Market Place, Huddersfield campaigners will be holding a ‘Clean Energy not Extreme Energy’ stall from 10am-12pm. They will be asking the public to sign postcards calling for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ and promoting Friends of the Earth’s ‘Clean British Energy campaign’.

Following the stall campaigners will complete an ‘extreme energy’ walking tour of Huddersfield from 12pm to 1pm. They will be visiting banks and shops owned by companies that are financing, or engaged in ‘fracking’ or the tar sands project in Canada. At each site, a ‘tour guide’ will explain the company’s involvement and a protest letter will be delivered to the manager.

Tar Sands and ‘fracking’ are known as unconventional fossil fuels or ‘extreme energy’. They both require very large amounts of energy and water to be extracted and are associated with high risks of pollution. Neither was considered economically viable until recent technological developments and rises in oil and gas prices made them more attractive.

‘Fracking’ involves the extraction of shale gas. Cuadrilla resources have been undertaking exploratory drilling in the Blackpool area.

Tim Padmore from Kirklees Campaign Against Climate Change says, “Climate change means that it’s essential that we keep unconventional fossil fuels – like shale gas and tar sands – in the ground. Reports like Friends of the Earth’s ‘Clean British Energy’ report explain clearly how we can and must make massive steps forward by decarbonising electricity by 2030. In the days after the government’s failed Energy Bill, we want to remind the public that there is a climate crisis and there is a sustainable and viable alternative to conventional fossil fuels and extreme energy.”

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