Women 'don't understand fracking'

Reports that 'a leading female scientist' has said that vast numbers of women are opposed to fracking because they 'follow their gut instinct rather than the facts' feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Times (subscription required) reports that "Averil Macdonald is the new champion of the shale gas industry, leading a push to persuade women that the process is safe and will benefit Britain’s economy as well as help to meet climate change targets". The newspaper quotes Macdonald saying: "Frequently the women haven’t had very much in the way of a science education because they may well have dropped science at 16. That is just a fact". Surveys have shown that more men support fracking than women, the newspaper says.

The Guardian reports that a "beautiful farm set in a landscape associated with rare butterflies and the poet Alfred Tennyson has become the National Trust’s largest coastal acquisition in over two decades." The newspaper says that "conservationists are excited about the site on the Isle of Wight because it is a rich habitat for butterflies including the rare Glanville fritillary, but lovers of literature and the beach will also be pleased as securing the site will help preserve access to the stunning Compton Bay and Downs, spots that inspired Tennyson."

Guardian columnist Ian Birrell asks why the government is "savaging" the "booming" solar energy sector. He says: "...what on earth is the government doing savaging a successful sector? The Tory manifesto promised to boost renewables and hold down bills. Yet instead came plans to withdraw subsidies for new onshore wind farms earlier than planned and give local nimbys power to stop such projects. Since new figures reveal this to be the cheapest source of British energy, it seems bizarre to make such regressive moves: major investments worth billions have already been scrapped."

The Times reports that British households "could soon be heating kettles powered by Danish wind farms under plans unveiled yesterday by National Grid." The newspaper says that the "operator of Britain’s high-voltage transmission network said the Viking Link project to build a 400-mile cable linking the two countries would begin early next year with sea bed surveys. The 1,400 megawatt cable running between a substation at Bicker Fen, Lincolnshire, and Revsing, Denmark, would supply enough power for about a million homes."


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