Paul Mobbs: Beyond Fracking – Tuesday 16 June, 7pm, Nottingham Friends Meeting House
Few people are more knowledgeable about the environmental, economic, social and health impacts of unconventional fossil fuel extraction than Paul Mobbs. A range of Paul’s recent articles can be found here http://www.theecologist.org/search.php?q=mobbs&offset=0&submit=Go
In this event Paul asks and discusses the following questions:
- Is the present debate over ‘extreme energy’ in Britain just about energy supply, or is it something more fundamental
- Practically, what does the actual data about present and future energy use in Britain tell us about this debate – and
- is current policy based upon verifiable evidence, or is the evidence tailored to fit a certain desired outcomes?
This workshop examines the public debate over ‘fracking’ and other forms of extreme energy as a question of political representation, and civil rights – and an economic process which is increasingly something which is done ‘to’ the public rather than something which acts as a benefit ‘for’ them.
The presentation is structured around an examination of Britain’s past, present and project future energy use. By looking at the statistics for Britain’s energy use over the last century we can see how political and economic policy has influenced our use of energy.
Against that background, does unconventional gas and oil fulfil the political – and arguably ideological – promises of prosperity made about it? Or is ‘fracking’ a distraction, obscuring a more critical debate about the nature of energy politics, and public participation in decision-making over our economic future.