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Tuesday 8th May 2012 | 13:59
Ahead of a keynote speech by Environment Agency Chairman Lord Chris Smith at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) this evening, in which he is to give his support to fracking and nuclear power as well as the development of renewable energy, Friends of the Earth's Senior Climate Campaigner Tony Bosworth said:
"Lord Smith rightly highlights the unknown environmental impacts of fracking - until it's proven to be safe, this technology should be shelved in the UK as it has been elsewhere in the world.
"We know 85 per cent of people want to see more clean British energy, not gas - Ministers should focus on this instead of backing technologies which are unproven or, like nuclear, are consistently late and reliant on vast public subsidies.
"The Government's plans for the electricity market must ensure that renewable energy fills the gap caused by the closure of power stations and the collapse of nuclear investment - this will boost our economy by creating thousands of new jobs."