Fracking and future energy sources | @guardianletters

Your editorial (29 July) says there are serious reasons why fracking is likely to be part of Britains future but misses many reasons why it shouldnt be. Fracking in the UK will just add to a stock of fossil fuels we cannot afford to burn if we want to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Shale gas wont magically replace coal: the governments chief scientist has said that without a global climate deal, new fossil fuel exploitation is likely to increase the risk of climate change.

The governments headlong rush to frack is predicated on the process being safe. But many of the UKs regulations are inadequate. Fracking is banned in France and a more precautionary approach is being taken in Germany on environmental grounds.

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