There are not many issues where David Cameron and Nigel Farage agree. But fracking is one: both believe that shale gas has the potential to drastically reduce energy prices in the UK and that benefit is one that trumps the enivronmental arguments made against it.
The UKIP leader was in characteristically forthright mood on a visit to Kent to rally his troops when asked about fracking, saying it was a "God-given" opportunity for the county and whatever hazards the process of extracting shale gas may have, they are no worse than other industries, such as coal.
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This UKIP/Conservative consensus over energy is revealing.
Both parties clearly feel the case for lower energy prices has more resonance for hard-pressed families and pensioners who may consider that the anti-fracking protest movement is a luxury they cannot afford.
Their stance also reflects the scepticism that both have over renewable energy sources, particularly wind energy and is a less-than-subtle acknowledgement that many communities fear the blight of wind turbines littering the landscape.
It is a calculated risk. Events in Balcombe suggest that local communities, presented with the prospect of even just exploratory drilling actually taking place on their doorstep, will find the lower energy bills argument rather less persuasive when contrasted with the disruption.
This means there is politically a lot at stake for both parties. Fracking itself won't determine the outcome of the next general election.
But on the back of Balcombe, it is easy to see how revolt in the shires once companies get the go-ahead for licences could swing votes away from both.
Will he, won't he? Nigel Farage is batting away questions about whether he intends to stand as a candidate at the next general election in Kent.
He says speculation will detract from his focus on the European elections next year.
My suspicion is he that he doesn't actually know or has a few seats in his mind but can't decide. The list may include a few Kent constituencies.
Had the long-standing Roger Gale opted to retire from Thanet North, he might have fancied his chances there.
While UKIP has taken votes away from Labour in recent elections, its support will probably hold up better at the general election, meaning seats like Dover and Thanet South are probably out of the question.
Which leaves Folkestone and Hythe as one possibility, but even here he would face an uphill battle.
Still, it does incorporate Dungeness, where he does like to fish for sea bass.