Usually celebrities get asked the questions but a number of British stars are changing the game and have some questions of their own.
Vivienne Westwood, Paloma Faith and Duffy are among the celebs partnering up with a new website that allows them and other concerned citizens to ask questions about fracking. The idea came after the controversial and highly environmentally damaging gas extraction method has just been approved for companies in the United Kingdom.
“Matthew Hancock, the new Energy Minister, has just offered up half of the UK for drilling by fracking companies, completely ignoring the public’s concerns,” says the website MyFrackingQuestions.org. “My Fracking Questions allows you to ask Mr Hancock your top questions about fracking. If enough of us demand answers we can’t be ignored.”
To promote the website, stars have posted photos of themselves with their own questions about fracking on social media.
“I would like to call for a National Moratorium. A ‘stop the clock’,” said singer Duffy as she called for a public debate on the issue. “No more intrusive fracking until we, as a country, can assess whether this is the most sustainable, economic and safest source of energy”.
Fashion designer and serious environmentalist Vivienne Westwood opted for a slightly different approach posting a photo of herself holding a sign that reads ‘#talkfracking.’
“Fracking is an issue for all of us not just politicians in Westminster,” the photo says in big bold letters.
Talk Fracking is an initiative Westwood started to call for a debate on fracking in the UK and has gained the support from the likes of Paul McCartney among 150 other celebrities. Westwood, whose son Joe Corre has already posted a question on the website, also released a statement about how important the avenue is for those concerned about the environment.
“MyFrackingQuestions.org is asking the key questions that the public has told us they want answered definitively by the current government. This debate belongs to the British people but, without any solid and reliable information, they cannot take part in this most critical of conversations. Until these questions are answered and until there is open public debate, there can be no social license and no democratic mandate,” she stated.
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