• UK Climate Minister Backs Fracking

    • Date: 11/01/17
    • Ben Webster, The Times

    Fracking could give Britain a cheap and abundant source of home-produced energy and it would be “irresponsible to future generations” to ignore its potential benefits, according to the climate change minister. Nick Hurd told MPs that exploring for shale gas was consistent with the government’s commitment to tackling climate change. He appeared before the Commons […]

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  • Northern Ireland Crisis Deepens Over Green Energy Scandal

    • Date: 10/01/17
    • Vivienne Russell, Public Finance

    Fresh elections to the Northern Ireland Executive are expected in the coming weeks after Martin McGuinness resigned as deputy first minister in protest at the botched administration of a green energy scheme. In the run up to Christmas, the Northern Ireland Executive was rocked by the fallout from the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, established in […]

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  • At Last: Work Starts For Shale Gas Extraction In Britain

    • Date: 06/01/17
    • Lancashire Evening News

    Work has begun at a controversial fracking site in Lancashire, it was revealed today. Fracking work like this is on the way Gas exploration firm Cuadrilla has announced the start of initial surface construction works on its shale gas exploration site at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton. Planning consent was granted in October 2016 and Lancashire […]

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  • Friends of the Earth Promises: We Will Never Again Spread Misleading Anti-Fracking Scares

    • Date: 04/01/17
    • Ben Webster, The Times

    A green campaign group has agreed not to repeat misleading claims about the health and environmental impacts of fracking after complaints to the advertising watchdog. Friends of the Earth flyer: The  Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said Friends of the Earth “agreed not to repeat the claims, or claims that had the same meaning” Friends of the […]

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  • UK Taxpayers Face £1 Billion Bill Over Green Subsidy Scandal

    • Date: 03/01/17
    • Sean O’Neill and Sean O’Driscoll, The Times

    A botched green energy scheme that has ignited a political crisis is on course to cost taxpayers more than £1 billion. The Treasury faces the bill after a massive overspend on subsidies encouraging farmers and businesses in Northern Ireland to run eco-friendly power schemes. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was supposed to cost £25 million […]

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  • Britain’s Shale Industry Set To Take Off

    • Date: 02/01/17
    • Robin Pagnamenta, The Times

    Three separate fracking projects could crank into action this year as Britain’s shale gas industry finally gets off the starting blocks after years of delay, according to industry chiefs. Hydraulic fracturing at a site in Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire, could start within weeks after a judge rejected a legal appeal by environmental campaigners and residents […]

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  • The National Trust’s Climate Myths

    • Date: 30/12/16
    • Paul Homewood, Not A Lot Of People Know That

    Just every claim made in the National Trust’s 2016 review of UK weather is either wrong or cherry picked: 1) Winters have become milder FACT –Since 2006 five winters have been colder than the 1981-2010 mean. Although last winter was the warmest since 1910, no other one since 2006 has been in any way unusual. […]

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  • New Steel Crisis Threatened By Delays To Green Energy Rebate Law

    • Date: 28/12/16
    • Alan Tovey, The Daily Telegraph

    European red tape threatens to push Britain’s hard-pressed steel sector back into crisis with the prospect of the energy-intensive industry’s power bills soaring. Britain’s energy-intensive steel industry faces some of the highest power costs in the world CREDIT: ALAMY Officials at the European Commission have yet to agree a state aid change that will exempt the industry […]

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