The COP21 discussions in Paris are considering a wide range of matters relating to climate change, including that on-going issue, energy.
We've seen it play out here in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight, with the proposed Navitus Bay offshore wind farm being thrown out on the grounds of visual impacts – though its advocates suggest it could have provided 700,000 homes with clean, renewable energy.
At the same time as refusing permission for Navitus, the Government was consulting on the 14th round of oil and gas exploration licenses. This latest round included the option for shale gas exploration (otherwise known as ‘fracking’) and offered up the majority of the Isle of Wight and also parts of Hampshire for exploration.
Opponents of fracking have highlighted the potential impacts that it may have on local wildlife, the landscape and the environment, and claim that it hastens the onset of climate change, yet the Government seem committed to pursuing this path.