Target: Chris Smith, Chairman of the United Kingdom’s Environment Agency
Goal: Denounce Smith for supporting fracking in the UK’s national parks
Environmentalists and average citizens alike oppose the toxic drilling practice known as fracking near their homes and in national parks. The fumes from fracking operations can make people sick, and the chemicals used often render local water undrinkable. It is no wonder, then, that comments from the chairman of the United Kingdom’s Environment Agency supporting fracking in national parks have sparked outrage. Chris Smith is supposed to protect the environment, and comments such as these bring his commitment into question.
According to Smith, fracking in national parks should be permitted because so long as the procedure is done properly there is little visual impact. Many environmentalists and citizens in the United Kingdom oppose fracking because of the dangers it presents to all life, water and the landscape. Smith told the Times that “provided that it is done carefully and properly regulated, those fears are definitely exaggerated.” He also stated that the world is not ready to switch to renewable energy, as the technology is not advanced enough for nations to rely on it exclusively. Smith says that for now gas is better than coal, and we should expect to rely on fossil fuels for the next ten to twenty years.
Smith will be stepping down from his position in July, 2014 but decided to make his feelings known to the public before he resigned. Environmental groups such as Greenpeace worry that the government could auction off national parks to energy companies. More than 45,000 people have come together to ban fracking in the United Kingdom. This process of drilling underground for gas has inspired many documentaries, and international protests against it have made headlines. Citizens of the United Kingdom already impacted by fracking operations report a drastic decline in their health, and some have been left with permanent nervous system damage.
Even if fracking is done properly, it still does lasting damage to the environment and human health. As someone who is supposed to protect the environment Smith shouldn’t readily support the practice. Denounce his reckless statements in support of fracking in national parks.
Dear Mr. Smith,
I am to express my disdain for comments you made in support of fracking. I cannot believe you would condone fracking in the United Kingdom’s national parks–lands set aside to ensure their beauty and wildlife endure for generations to come.
Even if fracking is done properly, there are still serious environmental and health concerns. Scientists have observed a connection between fracking and an increased risk of earthquakes. Citizens living near fracking operations have reported a drastic decline in their health, and even that their drinking water has been rendered flammable.
You are supposed to protect the environment, not allow it to be recklessly pillaged. I denounce your short-sighted support for fracking in the United Kingdom’s national parks, and urge you to make the long-term needs of your citizens and your nation the top priority in any future public service.
[Your Name Here]
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