If you had to choose between fracking or wind turbines to produce energy in your area, which would you go for?
Fracking hit the headlines this week with Prime Minister David Cameron confirming his strong support for the process of extracting shale gas from deep underground. Fracking – hydraulic fracturing – uses high pressure water to fracture rocks to reach the gas within or beneath.
Supporters claim that the gas would meet many of our future energy needs while keeping our bills down. It would also reduce our dependence on supplies from other – sometimes turbulent – countries.
Opponents say that the drilling sites would blight the countryside – a charge levelled also at wind turbines. They also claim that fracking could pollute the natural environment including water supplies. Meanwhile, shale gas is a fossil fuel and its extraction and then burning would do nothing to prevent climate change – and may even make the situation worse.
So we wanted to gauge what our readers thought about fracking when compared with that other controversial source of future energy: wind turbines.
Advocates of wind turbines claim they produce renewable energy without emitting greenhouse gases while opponents argue that the turbines spoil the look of the countryside and say that they are inefficient.
If you had to make a choice, which would you go for?