Following Ivo’s post yesterday there has been some interesting reaction – just scroll through the incredible list of comments, some of it useful and adding to the debate but some of it simply vitriolic. That we can do without but then it’s an emotive subject – particularly for those who believe in their own self-righteousness.

Nevertheless, there were two responses I felt worth sharing. The first was Fracking the Karoo emotions out of control by Guy McLaren, which seems largely to agree with Ivo and concludes thus:

“I support Ivo’s contention that we should not allow a few wealthy eco warriors with more money than sense to prevent growth in South Africa. These are the very same people that would rather kill an ecosystem that cull a few elephants.”

The second is one of the few anti-fracking posts I’ve ever seen that takes a reasoned approach rather than resorting to blatant emotional blackmail. Posted by Hendirk Mentz, Response to ‘Karoo fracking scandal exposed!’ tries to argue against fracking but is remarkable for the author’s own admission that he “cannot flaw [the] economic logic [of Ivo’s argument] and because I’m new to all of this cannot dispute the evidence…”

Despite that, however, it’s worth a read because it highlights two different perspectives of the debate.

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