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Friday Funny: Fracking protestors and their petro-sourced belongings

There’s been a lot of hullabaloo in the UK over the Balcombe fracking protests. WUWT reader Eric Worrall writes in with this comparison photo.
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Catherine Russell's comment, August 27, 2013 7:34 AM
Hi Mathijs,
I think that the article is pointing out hypocrisy as part of the joke. However there is an element of truth in the hypocrisy where they are using direct products of the fossil fuels in the protest but I can't say if it was done genuinely as I didn't write the article.
It is very difficult to live without using anything hydrocarbon related and society is very adapted to this way of living and is difficult to change en mass. However much I would like it not to be necessary to use fossil fuels, they are used for far more than just fuel as demonstrated in the picture; it doesn't even mention things like making fertilizer and plastic barrels to put it in to help grow enough food to sustain the human population!
In short: yes. Even if society becomes more willing to support nuclear power, that will only sustain energy needs. We would find it very difficult to adapt to living without plastic and its derivatives.
Kind Regards,
Catherine Russell
Mathijs Booden's comment, August 27, 2013 7:50 AM
Hi Catherine,

Thanks for the response. I personally don't think there's any hypocrisy involved here, given that anyone living in the western world has no choice but to use fossil resource-derived products. Given that, I'm appalled by the tenor of the 'joke' and many in comments in the thread. A protest against the choice to apply polluting and costly techniques to extract greenhouse gases does not lose legitimacy if the protesters necessarily rely on fossil resource-derived products.

In any case, keep up the curating :)
Catherine Russell's comment, August 27, 2013 8:13 AM
I see your point, it's an interesting and complex topic.

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