Have I missed a local headline over the last 7 months? Something along the lines of “Isle of Wight does complete U turn on Climate Emergency”.
At a meeting of the Full Council on 24/7/19, councillors backed an amended motion for the authority to declare a ‘climate emergency’, and aim for the Island to become ‘carbon neutral by 2030’, with Councillor Hastings saying:
“The Environmental and Sustainability Forum will be the main mechanism by which we will draw experts, officers, members and residents together to progress actions to reduce our carbon footprint on the Island to make it a wonderful place to live, work and enjoy now and for generations to come”.
Headline on 4th Oct 2019: Isle of Wight Council comes second place in England and Wales for tackling climate change… How then, has the door been left open for profiteering prospectors (UKOG) to cash in on our Island’s natural resources and drill for oil on the Island, adding further to any climate crisis by exploiting oil reserves which are under our care as well as under our feet?
Maybe, if it were offshore, there would be uproar, “it would spoil the views” etc… but as it is ‘only’ Arreton and Godshill … perhaps it’s OK? Or… is it that this plan is ‘flying under the radar’ due to so little media exposure? Are we really saying there is a ‘climate emergency’ and striving to be Carbon neutral within 10 years, whilst considering doing the complete opposite?… opening up to exploitation by UKOG to Drill the Wight for oil for financial gain!
The irony would be laughable if it weren’t so grave! While companies and governments are investing in technologies that will remove carbon from the atmosphere to store it underground, we are still considering extracting Carbon stored underground… to burn it and put it in the atmosphere!
Why not do the obvious thing … cut out the middle-man, and leave it where it is? Thereby, at a stroke, reducing localised HGV, noise and air pollution whilst cutting the Island’s contribution to future CO2 emissions – for free!
David Moorse, Shanklin.
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