• Obama’s Renewable-Energy Fantasy

    • Date: 06/07/15
    • Rupert Darwall, Wall Street Journal

    Bill Gates recently noted that the cost of decarbonization using today’s technology is ‘beyond astronomical.’  On June 30, one day after the Supreme Court struck down the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of mercury emissions from power plants, President Obamacommitted the United States to the goal of generating 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. […]

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  • Why Are Greens So Keen To Destroy The World’s Wildlife?

    • Date: 04/07/15
    • Christopher Booker, The Sunday Telegraph

    This pursuit of the dream of “carbon-free energy” is creating an ecological catastrophe Last week’s scenes of green campaigners exulting at the decision by 10 Lancashire county councillors to reject an application to erect a drilling rig for fracking near Preston – on the grounds that it would have an “adverse urbanising effect on the […]

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  • Editorial: Britain Needs To Get Fracking

    • Date: 02/07/15
    • Editorial, The Spectator

    Not since the discovery of North Sea oil has the country had such an incredible opportunity That democracy is a superior form of government to any other goes without saying. But in order to function, it has to be conducted in such a way and on such a scale as to ensure that the people […]

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  • If Nimbys Had Their Way, The Lights Would All Go Out

    • Date: 30/06/15
    • Ross Clark, The Times

    I used to think communism was the most damaging creed that could be foisted upon an economy. Following yesterday’s decision by Lancashire county council to reject a second planning application for fracking near Blackpool, I realise there is an even more destructive belief system: localism. Say what you like about the Soviets, but at least […]

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  • John Kemp: Britain’s Shale Farce And Its Dysfunctional Planning System

    • Date: 29/06/15
    • John Kemp, Reuters

    Lancashire’s decision to reject fracking stands as a magnificent symbol of the dysfunction in Britain’s planning system.  “The first shock of a great earthquake had, just at that period, rent the whole neighbourhood to its centre,” is how Charles Dickens described the coming of the railroads to north London. “Houses were knocked down; streets broken […]

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  • Christopher Booker: The BBC Is In A Fog Of Groupthink

    • Date: 28/06/15
    • Christopher Booker, The Sunday Telegraph

    The BBC’s senior executives are so lost in their corporate groupthink that they have no real idea just how biased it is. When in 2013 a chap called Roger Mosey retired from the top of the BBC, where he had been editor of the Today programme and Head of News, he caused a stir by […]

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  • The Independent: Two Cheers For Fracking

    • Date: 25/06/15
    • Editorial, The Independent

    Editorial: Fracking extracts gas by opening up fissures in shale rock. It also opens up a great many cans of worms. Wednesday’s chaotic deferral by Lancashire County Council of its decision on whether to permit the energy firm Cuadrilla to open a new UK fracking operation at Little Plumpton shows the complexity of the debate. […]

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  • David Brooks: Fracking And The Franciscans

    • Date: 23/06/15
    • David Brooks, The New York Times

    Pope Francis is one of the world’s most inspiring figures. There are passages in his new encyclical on the environment that beautifully place human beings within the seamless garment of life. And yet over all the encyclical is surprisingly disappointing. Legitimate warnings about the perils of global warming morph into 1970s-style doom-mongering about technological civilization. […]

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