There is a need for a mix of various energy sources and we avoid putting all our eggs in one basket. Sadly, not all politicians in Wales agree. Tory MP Glyn Davies, from Montgomery, has railed against plans by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (a London-based quango answerable only to the UK Government) to impose more windfarms on his constituency.
Yet he sees no problem in arguing the case for shale gas exploitation to take place in other parts of Wales - namely the former coalfields of the north-east and south. Shale gas is seen by some as a potential saviour for the economic mess we're in. It's not.
Getting shale gas out of the ground is done by hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking. This is a drilling technique that involves injecting toxic chemicals, sand and millions of gallons of water under high pressure into the ground to release natural gas in shale deposits. This mixture of toxins and sediment, along with any gas released, can leak to the surfaces and enter riers and groundwater in the process.
Problems due to unregulated fracking in the USA – including flammable tap water in Colorado, methane explosions in West Virginia and poisoned water in Pennsylvania – show what could happen if companies are allowed to expand their operations here in Wales. Do we want Dee water supplies (currently going to 2 million people's homes) ending up like this?
At best it's the fag-end of the fossil fuel exploration industry. At worst it has the potential to contaminate the water supply, poison our land with heavy metals and cause minor earthquakes, as has already happened near Blackpool during test drilling.
This is no abstract threat. Test drilling sites have been granted planning permission in two places in Wrecsam already. Licences have been granted for all of Flintshire and Wrecsam borough.
Tories like Glyn Davies might fancy it from a NIMBY point of view but local resistance is growing to this - please get involved.