There goes the 'new jobs' argument for fracking

Posted by leila — 16 October 2013 at 2:50pm - Comments
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A leaked DECC report says fracking will create one-third of the jobs Cameron has claimed

Its another bad day for the frackers. This morning the Financial Times revealed that David Cameron has been touting some seriously inflated figures on the jobs that fracking might bring to the UK.

We were always suspicious of the figures published by the Institute of Directors, not least because the report was funded by fracking company Cuadrilla. But this didn't stop David Cameron trumpeting the creation of 74,000 jobs across the UK as a result of a shale gas revolution.

Today the Financial Times reports that the government-commissioned research on the same subject turned up some quite different results. The DECC-funded research has returned an estimate of only 24,000 at best, with many of those not transpiring for at least a decade.

So it's the perfect time to compare this with how many jobs reputable experts reckon the green industriessector to deliver. I'll let the facts speak for themselves.

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