David Morris column: Shale gas production has got to be an attractive option

David Morris Morecambe and Lunesdale MP
David Morris Morecambe and Lunesdale MP

I was delighted to hear David Cameron offer his cautious backing for shale gas production. The reserves will primarily be used in electricity generation, meaning we can decrease carbon emissions while cutting energy bills.

This must be an attractive option for a country that’s been told the two are mutually exclusive.

At the moment, 30 per cent of UK electricity is from coal. A switch to shale is the reason US emissions have hit a 20 year low.

Prices are cut in two ways. First, fracking is much cheaper than importing foreign gas, oil and coal – the process consists of pumping pressurised water and detergent into a hole not much wider than your hand.

Second, it’s not subject to currency fluctuations or price fixing by foreign cartels.

Fossil fuel will eventually be phased out in favour of low carbon technologies such as nuclear. But in the meantime, if we turn our back on shale we will pay more and do more damage to the environment.

I was also very pleased to learn recently that Morecambe and Heysham Yacht Club has secured £50,000 from the National Lottery through Sports England. This is excellent news for the local community, even those who have never tried yachting before, because people from Morecambe and Heysham will be able to have a taster session. The money will also be used to upgrade the clubhouse.

I have been in conversation with the club and have congratulated them. However, I would like to publically offer my congratulations to Commodore Phil Preston and all of the members who are quite rightly very pleased.

You may be aware that Parliament is currently in its summer recess and I will again be touring the constituency. I have now posted onto my website where I will be and when I’ll be there. Please do come and say hello.

The tour will begin on Monday August 19 with a drop-in surgery at Tesco in Carnforth. After the surgery at Tesco, I will spend the afternoon in Warton, Silverdale and Over Kellet. On Tuesday I will be in Bolton-le-Sands, Slyne-with-Hest and Bare. On Wednesday I will be in Morecambe with a supermarket surgery at Morrisons in Morecambe and on Saturday I will be back in Morecambe again in the town centre near the Arndale.

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