Making a Better Job of It: Why Renewables and Energy Efficiency are Better for Jobs than Fracking

Friends of the Earth UK

[Blue and Green Tomorrow] A new report from environmental group Friends of the Earth argues that the fracking industry’s claims about job creation are “overstated” and calls for investment to support renewables instead.

The report, which is supported by PCS Union and North West trade councils, places doubt on claims around the amount of long-term jobs the UK fracking industry could create. Energy firm Cuadrilla has previously said fracking could create 1,700 jobs in Lancashire within the first year. However, Friends of the Earth argue many of the jobs created would be short-term, with numbers falling to under 200 in three years.

Additionally, the report notes that local communities could face risks to their health and the local environment for many years after…


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