In 2013, the number of Scots living in fuel poverty reached a new record of nearly one million and 10 per cent of this increase was characterised as extreme fuel poverty.
The invidious choice of heating or eating is faced by far too many. Rationing energy at home increases ill health, with knock-on economic consequences, and, in the elderly, to premature death.
Home-produced natural gas can stabilise the ever-spiralling energy price for heating and electricity and then reduce it; all benefit, the poorest most.
Those on the political left who agitate about fracking should be ashamed and rethink their priorities. People living now are the priority, not some notional view of a supposed far-off future or political point-scoring.
(Prof) Tony Trewavas FRS
Scientific Alliance Scotland
North St David Street