The countryside has already been devastated

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Shale gas could be the answer to our impending energy problems and deserves to be carefully and urgently investigated.

It is an expensive operation and the Government’s decision to cut by more than half the tax on production is to be welcomed. We face the prospect of the lights going out soon thanks to previous governments’ ineptitude, so no wonder this tax cut has been devised.

Meanwhile, the ‘green’ mob, including, inevitably, Friends of the Earth, are up in arms, concerned about the impact on the British countryside.

In many areas, including my own, they are too late, the countryside has already been devastated by useless ugly wind turbines. Which, as we all know, the ‘greenies’ love.

I don’t want to see my beloved county further defaced but the fracking option must be explored.

Godfrey Bloom

UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire