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Dominic Lawson: How the Kremlin must be howling with laughter now green zealots have sabotaged our fracking bonanza

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Dominic Lawson, Daily Mail

Who do you think will be most delighted by news that the UK’s commissioner for shale gas has quit in dismay at the Government’s craven surrender to lobbying by so-called environmentalists? Vladimir Putin, that’s who.

It might seem odd that the regime that unleashed biological and plutonium-based weapons of contamination in Salisbury and London should be in league with environmentalist campaigners against shale gas ‘fracking’ in the UK. But it’s not odd at all.

Russia’s economy relies upon Europe remaining dependent on the vast Siberian gasfields for its energy. 

Vladimir Putin (pictured at a summit in Beijing on Saturday) will be most delighted by news that the UK's commissioner for shale gas has quit in dismay at the Government's craven surrender to lobbying by so-called environmentalists, writes Dominic Lawson
Vladimir Putin (pictured at a summit in Beijing on Saturday) will be most delighted by news that the UK’s commissioner for shale gas has quit in dismay at the Government’s craven surrender to lobbying by so-called environmentalists, writes Dominic Lawson

The prospect of the UK becoming self-sufficient in gas, and even an exporter ourselves by exploiting the colossal reserves revealed by the British Geological Survey, is deeply unwanted competition for Moscow.

That’s why the English-language TV station RT, funded entirely by the Kremlin, has engaged in ludicrous scaremongering about the consequences of gas ‘fracking’ in the UK.

For example, Max Keiser, who presents the Keiser Report for RT, claimed that ‘frackers are the moral equivalent of paedophiles’ because fracking ‘is giving British children cancer’.

According to Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former secretary general of Nato: ‘Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with environmental organisations working against shale gas, to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas.’

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