They've all assembled (doubtless via the magic of the interweb - GCHQ will know ...) to hatch a joint 'open letter' to "President Barroso; Commissioners from DG ENVI, ENER, CLIMA, ENTR, AGRI; European Council Members; national heads of state (Presidents, Prime Ministers); Ministers concerned; Members of the European Parliament." (Not sure whether the various Euro-monarchs have been spared this diatribe under the 'heads of state' category, but I digress.) You may find it interesting.
Several points strike me as noteworthy:
- it really is no mean feat of coordination to get quite so many organisations on board: one shouldn't take fright, but one shouldn't underestimate it either
- look how many anti groups there are in countries (e.g. France, Spain, Germany, Romania) where fracking is more or less banned at present
- as always, the primary thrust of the hard core is anti fossil fuels in toto. Fracking is just a pretext. (Gasland is exactly the same: a few minutes on fracking to start with, then a diatribe against the US natural gas industry as a whole)
The UK's man on the drafting pen is the indefatigable and worthy Mike Hill, who comes under the well-informed technical objector banner. He is omni-present on the web, promoting his views on what proper regulations would look like. I can't imagine he subscribes to the 'anti everything' strand, but in a coalition as, *ahem*, broad as this one (not to say thick) he'll have to settle for some kind of messy compromise if he wants to join in at all.
Significantly, Hill's recent tweets seem to indicate he thinks the UK government has triumphed in the latest round of skirmishing in EC circles, by getting Barroso et al off the idea of EU-wide regulations. Cameron, it seems, can be quite effective in Europe when he wants to be. The anti-frackers will be getting increasingly desperate, and who knows how that will manifest itself. At least some of those many signatories look like fairly hard nuts, and even in cosy England the violence seems to be escalating a bit.
The Barroso worm has turned on more than just fracking. Several years ago we opined he was barking up the wrong tree on renewables, and that GDP concerns would eventually prevail over GHG. He seems to have twigged - and it won't just be the anti-frackers who'll be tearing their brightly-dyed hair, it will be the entire green movement, and the subsidy-grasping renewables industries. Boy, this is going to get noisy.