E-mail correspondence with Nigel Lawson and George Osborne

From: robin russell-jones to George Osborne

Sent: 25 April 2012 07:52

Subject: International Conference on Climate Change RIBA May 7-11.

Dear Mr Osborne

Since you and Lord Lawson seem very close, and obviously see eye to eye on Shale Gas and Fracking,  I thought you might be interested to read the enclosed e-mail correspondence. Incidentally you still haven’t responded to my invitation to speak at the RIBA Conference. I have left your name off the programme, but I will be publishing a list of those politicians who did not bother to reply.

Yours Sincerely

Dr Robin Russell-Jones MA FRCP FRCPath

On 25 Apr 2012, at 11:46, Duvigneau, Marilyne – HMT wrote:

Dear Mr Russell-Jones,

The Chancellor has asked me to thank you for you kind invitation. Unfortunately, due to pressures on the Chancellor’s diary he regrets he must decline your kind invitation.

Many thanks

Marilyne

From: robin russell-jones

Sent: 25 April 2012 12:05

To: Duvigneau, Marilyne – HMT

Subject: International Conference on Climate Change RIBA May 7-11.

Thank you for letting me know. It’s Dr Russell-Jones BTW

On 25 Apr 2012, at 12:25, Duvigneau, Marilyne – HMT wrote:

Thanks.

Sent: Fri Apr 27 08:46:04 2012

Dear Chancellor

I don’t know if you have yet had a chance to read the FT  today, but there are a couple of letters that may be of interest. If you and Lawson think that you are going to develop shale gas in the UK, then you will face riots all over this green and pleasant land. It wasn’t called a “sceptred isle set in a silver sea” so that you and your cronies in the City can plunder it for profit.

Yours etc

Dr Robin Russell-Jones MA FRCP FRCPath

Chair Planetary SOS

Letter to Financial Times published April 27 2012

Sir,

Shale gas is not just a fossil fuel. Unless fugitive emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, are kept below 2%, then shale gas is less friendly from a climate change perspective than oil or even coal (See Tom Wigley Climate Change 2011 “Coal to Gas: the influence of methane leakage”) In addition it is a filthy process utilising undeclared chemicals which in the US have posed health threats to animals and humans alike.

I have been involved in debates about industrial processes which pose risks to human health and the environment for 30 years, starting as Medical and Scientific Advisor to CLEAR, The Campaign for Lead Free Air. I understand only too well the risks  that oil companies are prepared to inflict on the public  in their pursuit of profit. The fossil fuel industry is now gearing up to launch a fresh attack on the Earth’s resources in the shape of fracking. Of one thing I am absolutely certain. It is never going to happen in the UK.

Yours Sincerely

Dr Robin Russell-Jones MA FRCP FRCPath

Chair Planetary SOS

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