Target: David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Goal: Demand changes to an infrastructure bill that would allow expansion of the high-polluting drilling technique known as “fracking”
The United Kingdom (UK) is to be commended for certain aspects of its latest infrastructure bill, such as its focus on eradicating nonnative species and charging patrons for plastic bags as is already the case in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. However according to a recent article published by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), many green activists in the UK continue to oppose the end-of-the-year infrastructure bill enactments, as they very well should. Provisions in the bill essentially give oil companies free reign to drill underneath residents’ homes without their permission while weakening the Labour Party’s “zero carbon” home standard, which calls on new homes to be self-sustaining in their use of energy.
Fracking, or the injection of liquid into rocks at a high pressure in order to obtain oil or gas, is extremely detrimental to the environment. Although it has helped bring down gas prices in the UK and the United States fracking has been shown to release toxic chemicals into nearby groundwater. The practice requires and renders undrinkable vast amounts of clean water and increases the risk of earthquakes.
Not only would the bill’s provisions allow the invasion of citizens’ privacy, it would also contribute to further desecrating the world around us and maintain dependence on fossil fuels. Ask Prime Minister Cameron to focus his efforts elsewhere, such as giving incentives to companies working to develop alternatives to oil. Urge him to keep oil companies out from underneath innocent peoples’ houses, and to support if not strengthen the zero carbon home standard.
Dear Prime Minister Cameron,
I write in support of environmental groups’ opposition to parts of the infrastructure bill currently under review. Some parts of the bill are worthy of praise, such as the push for ridding the UK of nonnative species and to charge store patrons for plastic bags in order to reduce waste. Provisions endangering the lives of your constituents by expanding fracking, which harms the water supply and surrounding habitats, are a grave mistake.
Prime Minister, allowing oil companies the right to essentially trespass on other people’s private property to extract oil is just a lawsuit waiting to happen–not to mention the devastating impact an expansion of fracking would have on the environment. What you are potentially passing into law is a violation of basic human rights. The provision would lessen people’s standard of living, and pollute essential ground water with toxins. Do you really want that to be a part of your legacy?
Harming the environment in the name of profits is no longer a popular approach. The majority of people all across the globe are overwhelmingly calling for positive environmental change. Perpetuating dependence on oil is not going to look good in the eyes of your constituents when you could be dedicating energy and funds elsewhere. Such actions put you behind in the global “race to be green” and ignore the long-term impacts of today’s energy policy decisions.
Please consider these lasting consequences as you review the pending infrastructure bill. Reject provisions that would expand fracking, increasing the risk of earthquakes, human health issues and devastating pollution.
[Your Name Here]
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