• Fracking Scare Stories Condemned By UK Watchdog

    • Date: 26/09/16
    • Ben Webster, The Times

    A green campaign group made a series of misleading claims about the health and environmental impacts of fracking, according to a damning draft ruling by the advertising watchdog. Friends of the Earth (FoE) failed to substantiate claims that fracking could cause cancer, contaminate water supplies, increase asthma rates and send house prices plummeting, the Advertising […]

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  • UK Ministers Consider Radical Price Controls On Big Six Energy Firms

    • Date: 24/09/16
    • Steve Hawkes, The Sun

    Ministers are considering radical plans to slap a wave of price controls on Big Six energy giants in an unprecedented shake up of the power market. The Sun can reveal Consumer Minister Margot James met with consumer groups and charities at a London summit to discuss options to protect millions of hard-up families. Senior sources […]

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  • First US Shale Gas To Arrive In Britain

    • Date: 23/09/16
    • Zainab Calcuttawala, OilPrice

    Gas extracted from shale fracked in the United States will arrive in Britain next week—a first for Britain—which could prompt Scotland to rethink its strong opposition to fracking. The petrochemicals company Ineos will deliver a shipment of ethane – a product used to create plastic, anti-freeze and detergents – next Tuesday. A lone Scots piper will […]

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  • Electric Car Sales Drop After UK Government Cuts Subsidies

    • Date: 20/09/16
    • Biofuels International

    Sales of electric cars have fallen sharply after the UK government cut a grant scheme that encouraged drivers to switch from petrol. According to Department for Transport statistics, between April and June 4,200 plug-in cars were sold – the lowest for two years. The government announced last year that it would extend grants for electric […]

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  • UK Scraps Energy and Climate Change Select Committee

    • Date: 17/09/16
    • David Pratt, Solar Power Portal

    The Energy and Climate Change (ECC) select committee is to be officially abolished following the conference season, with the business, innovation and skills (BIS) department to take on the energy brief. The Energy and Climate Change select committee is to be scrapped with the new BEIS committee to take on the energy brief. Following the closure […]

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  • Hinkley Nuclear Poker: UK Government Kicks Ball In EDF’s Court

    • Date: 15/09/16
    • Robin Pagnamenta, The Times

    The approval for Hinkley Point [Nuclear Power Plant] contains hefty caveats — and includes no mention at all of China’s one third investment in the scheme, worth £6bn. Neither did it contain any mention of Bradwell-on-Sea, the site where China hopes to build its own reactor using Chinese technology at a later stage. New legal […]

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  • Peers Call On Government Not To Rush Ratification Of Paris Climate Agreement In Light Of Brexit

    • Date: 14/09/16
    • Global Warming Policy Forum

    London, 14 September: Five senior peers, including former Chancellor Lord Lawson and former Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Lord Turnbull, have called on the government not to ratify the Paris climate agreement before the consequences of the EU referendum are fully taken into consideration. In a letter to Baroness Neville-Rolfe, the Minister […]

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  • Former Chancellor, Lord Lawson, Questioned on UK Energy Policy

    • Date: 12/09/16
    • House of Lords, Economic Affairs Committee

    Lord Lawson to give evidence to the Economic Affairs Committee for its inquiry into ‘The Economics of UK Energy Policy’. Lord Lawson is a former Secretary of State for Energy. Lord Turner was the first chairman of the Climate Change Committee that was established in 2008. The Committee asks for their views on the current Government’s […]

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