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Commenting on David Cameron’s warning to Brussels today (Friday 24 January 2014), not to stand in the way of fracking, Friends of the Earth Head of Campaigns Andrew Pendleton said: 
“Yet again the Prime Minister has turned a blind eye to expert advice on the impacts of UK shale gas.
“Industry experts have warned that fracking won’t lead to cheaper fuel bills, and only last week BP said switching to shale gas will do little to cut emissions.
“The best way to create jobs, boost the economy and tackle rocketing fuel bills is to invest in energy efficiency and develop the UK’s world class renewable power potential.”

Notes to editors:
1. BP analysis finds switch to other fuels like shale gas will do little to cut carbon emissions Guardian.
2. Fracking is a dirty word. The Government is threatening to puncture our green and pleasant land with countless fracking rigs in a headlong dash for gas, with little thought to local people. Shale gas is a dirty fossil fuel that contributes to climate change, and it poses serious local environmental risks such as water contamination and shortages. Meanwhile, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest it won’t lower fuel bills, and it risks taking much-needed investment away from renewables and energy saving. For more information, and to send a clear message to the Government that fracking is a dirty word, visit
3. Friends of the Earth shale gas briefing.

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