Oh, well, the Conservatives obviously do not want the votes in Lancashire, then. They probably assume that they never got any, anyway.
I am not necessarily against shale gas in principle.
But even if it is really there, then the places that may or may not have it do not want to be fracked. It is not as if they need the money.
Meanwhile, no one disputes that the coal is there.
And the places that have it certainly do want it to be mined again, since they certainly do need the money, which they used to have.
Only in Britain.
Not that the fracking lobby realises that it is in Britain.
Behind the Loony Right's mid-Atlantic accents is an assumption that Britain simply is America even geologically.
Or, at least, some Trump-voting caricature of America.
The anti-Corbyn wing of the Labour Party thinks that Britain simply is some Clinton-voting caricature of America.