The Conservative Party’s victory in the UK General Election means that it will be able to put its own man in at the top of the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The result of the election should help to move forward the establishment of an onshore shale gas industry in the UK as the Conservatives are fully behind drilling for shale gas in the country. –Jon Mainwaring, Rig Zone, 8 May 2015
David Cameron’s 2014 commitment to go ‘all out for shale gas’ may have been a controversial one, but now he has secured power this could be huge news for the oil and gas industry in the UK. —Oil Voice, 8 May 2015
A key part of our long-term economic plan to secure Britain’s future is to back businesses with better infrastructure. That’s why we’re going all out for shale. It will mean more jobs and opportunities for people, and economic security for our country.—David Cameron, 10 Downing Street, 13 January 2014
The Conservative Party manifesto 2015 says it will continue to support shale gas in Britain. It says that its tax cuts have encouraged “the birth of a new industry, shale gas, which could create many thousands of jobs.” It promises to continue supporting the safe development of shale gas, and ensure that local communities share the proceeds through generous community benefit packages. It also commits to the creation of a Sovereign Wealth Fund for the North of England, so that the shale gas resources of the North are used to invest in the future of the North.—OESG News, 14 April 2015
A majority government is an opportunity to fix Britain’s broken energy department. Forget ill-conceived green commitments. Our economy will wither and die unless we find a way to harness our onshore fossil fuel resources. The jobs and industrial growth created by shale in the US should be enough motivation to exploit our own resources. The country cannot afford to fall into the trap set by the climate change zealots who would see our great oil and gas companies bankrupted on the evidence of some questionable scientific assumptions. –Andrew Critchlow, The Daily Telegraph. 9 May 2015
I want to make it clear that if there is a Conservative Government in place we will remove all subsidy for on-shore wind and local people should have a greater say. This would end the growth of on-shore wind and if that’s what you care about you must vote Conservative. –David Cameron, County Times, 7 May 2015
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