• Greens’ First MSP Backs Fracking ‘If It Proves Safe’

    • Date: 10/09/15
    • Hamish Macdonell, The Times

    A high-profile Scottish environmental campaigner has given his backing to fracking as long as safeguards are in place and key conditions are met. In a significant intervention that will help to undermine opposition to the energy source, Robin Harper, the first Green MSP and now the chairman of a major environmental trust, said that he […]

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  • North Sea Faces £12bn Investment Collapse From Oil Price Slump

    • Date: 09/09/15
    • Andrew Critchlow, The Daily Telegraph

    Offshore industry in the UK has lost 65,000 jobs but companies now adapting to lower oil price, says Oil and Gas UK Oil company investment in the North Sea is expected to slump by up to £4bn per year through to the end of 2018 as operators slash costs to compensate for lower prices, the industry trade […]

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  • North Sea Oil Areas At ‘Serious Risk’ Of Shutdown

    • Date: 07/09/15
    • Kiran Stacey, Financial Times

    There is a “serious and urgent risk” that parts of the North Sea oil industry will be abandoned unless energy companies join forces to become more efficient, the man in charge of reviving the sector has warned. Andy Samuel, the head of the new Oil and Gas Authority, told the Financial Times that companies need to fundamentally […]

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  • Britain’s Electricity Network In ‘Uncharted Territory’ As Blackouts Loom

    • Date: 06/09/15
    • Andrew Critchlow, The Sunday Telegraph

    Britain faces potential power shortages in the next four years Picture a cold and dark wintery evening in November and millions of householders across the country are switching on their kettles at the same time after a long day at work but suddenly there is a big problem. Another creaking coal-fired power station has been […]

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  • Anti-Fracking Protesters To Be Labelled ‘Extremists’ Under New Counter-Terrorism Strategy

    • Date: 05/09/15
    • Eleanor Hardin, Daily Mai

    Anti-fracking protesters could be viewed as potential extremists under the government’s new counter-terrorism strategy, police have told teachers. The bizarre advice was offered during a training session as part of the Prevent strategy, which aims to stop youngsters being brainwashed by Islamic extremists. The group of 100 teachers were told that people campaigning against fracking […]

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  • Nuclear Delay: EDF Admits Hinkley Point Won’t Be Ready By 2023

    • Date: 03/09/15
    • Emily Gosden,The Daily Telegraph

    The proposed Hinkley Point nuclear power station has been delayed and will not start generating power in 2023 as planned, developer EDF has admitted. Jean-Bernard Levy, EDF chief executive, on Thursday insisted he had “full confidence in the success of the Hinkley Point project” but gave no date for when the £24.5 billion power station […]

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  • More Green Cuts: DECC Plays Down Merger Rumour

    • Date: 03/09/15
    • Jim Pickard and Pilita Clark, Financial Times

    A subsidy for green heating systems worth more than £400m a year is set to be pruned in the autumn spending review as ministers seek to rein back spending at the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Decc is playing down a rumour that it could be merged into another ministry. Energy ministers have drawn up cuts to […]

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  • We Got Summer Forecast Wrong: Met Office Admits To Mistakes

    • Date: 02/09/15
    • Exeter Express and Echo

    The Met Office has admitted it was caught with its brolly down after forecasting a ‘near normal’ summer for the rain-soaked South West. Devon experienced 74 per cent more rain than normal last month. And the South West as a whole got a gloomy 70 per cent of its average sunshine. Predictions earlier this year of […]

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