UK Fracking

Does the North Hate the North?

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Politics
Lukas Mikelionis

It's not the Conservatives that have a weird abusive relationship with the North and secretly wishes the sea would swallow it, but it's rather the North itself which stifles any attempt of economic revival. But of course, losing an opportunity to talk bad about Lady Thatcher and her Conservative acolytes is a price too high to pay.

It's Time for the UK to Switch on to Its Energy Problem

John Longworth | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Politics
John Longworth

After years of planning and protests, wrangling and reviews, Lancashire County Council's decision to reject the application for shale gas exploration shouldn't have come as a surprise. It highlighted the fact that the UK does not have a long term energy strategy, and for too long we've done nothing about it.

Lancashire's Vote Against Fracking Proves We Can Win the Fight for Action on Climate Change

Natalie Bennett | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

This rejection is worth celebrating, but we must not stop campaigning until there is a complete ban on the practice in Britain. Only then can we turn a corner in terms of our energy mix, to focus it on renewables. What we know now is that the fight for climate action can be won.

Tiny Village Sends Fracking Company Packing In Landmark Ruling

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK

It's not often that huge businesses don’t get their way these days - but one small Lancashire village has sent a fracking company packing. It was...

Why Would Any Government That Is Serious About Climate Change Say They Did Not Want Any More Onshore Turbines?

Barry Gardiner | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Barry Gardiner

Understanding government can be a complex business. The stated reason for a policy and the real reason for it are rarely the same. So it was this week when Amber Rudd, the new Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change came to make a statement to the House of Commons heralding the end of onshore wind...

Fracking? Let's Think Again...

Tim Farron | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

In the Liberal Democrats, it's not the leader who sets policy, it's the membership. But I reckon it's not unreasonable for leadership candidates to set out their own views, and to call for a rethink where they believe the party's got it wrong on any particular policy. And I think we have got it wrong on fracking.

Upsurge of Activism Shows There Is a Real Alternative

Natalie Bennett | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Despair might be tempting - and I've met people who are almost overwhelmed by that emotion. But what's becoming stronger and more evident by the day is determination - determination to act, to protest, to stand up and be counted, to campaign for a genuine change in direction.

British-Born Fox News Anchor Throws Tantrum At Fracking Activist

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK

Stuart Varney, a British-born Fox News anchor masquerading as a journalist, abruptly ended an interview on Sunday after being called a "liar." The...

Vandals Flood Tory Candidates Parents' Garden with 1,000 Litres Of Oil

PA | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK

A Tory candidate has condemned the "twisted hate-consumed" vandals who flooded her parents' garden with more than 1,000 litres of oil. Charlotte Le...

Win or Lose, the Task Is the Same

Darren Hall | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Darren Hall

The potential for such a movement is no where more tangible than in Bristol. With one of the largest and most active Green Party's in the country, an innovative and creative economy, and a powerful network of different campaigning groups, Bristol is on the cusp of creating something that could enable us to step up from being awarded Green capital status to really deserving it.

Why Labour Can Deliver on Climate Change

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Politics
Anders Lorenzen

I would like Labour to do more on the environment, and I would like it to become one of their top priorities, and let's be fair, at this election, so far it hasn't. But for this to happen, I believe we need to challenge the party from within, which is why I joined. The more members of the Labour party who care and challenge green issues, the more likely it is that it will become a core Labour policy.

Let's Drill This Green and Pleasant Land

David Saddington | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK
David Saddington

The announcement has been heralded as a fantastic boost for the British economy and industry, but hearing the news that we're delighted to have struck oil really feels outdated in an age where the coupling between carbon emissions and economy is breaking, sustainability is getting traction and green innovations are re-defining business practices around the world.

Never Mind Putin - Fracking and TTIP Will Make Idiots of Us All

Martin Whitlock | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Politics
Martin Whitlock

Officials both in Europe and America, The Guardian reports, are convinced "that the Russians have infiltrated, or are helping to fund, NGOs campaignin...

Britain's Fracking Fight Is a Test of Our Democracy

Andrew Wander | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Wander

The toxic politics of fracking in Britain beg important questions: are our leaders serving the interests of the people, or their wealthy friends in the fracking industry? Whatever the answer, one thing is clear: the government's wilful disregard of legitimate public concerns over fracking is a shameful attempt to impose a future on this country that three-quarters of us do not want. Fracking, it seems, can poison democracy as well as the environment.

Young Voters - If You Want to Make a Difference at This General Election, You Can

Natalie Bennett | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Everywhere we look, young people can change the country for the better, but feel tempted not to try. There are reasons for this. Many young people feel abandoned by political parties, who they believe are chasing 'marginal' 'swing' votes or those from older sectors of society. Students feel abandoned by the Lib Dems, who broke their promise on tuition fees, the Conservatives, who never even made such a promise, and by the Labour Party, who introduced tuition fees in the first place. They look at their bank balances, and justifiably associate what they see with a political system which offers them nothing.

How Much Longer Can David Cameron Continue to Defend 'Going All Out' for Shale?

Kyla Mandel | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Politics
Kyla Mandel

It seems then, that much like the high-pressure fluid injected to fracture our rock, mounting pressure from politicians and campaigners is creating cracks throughout Britain. Indeed, it is no longer just the 'Green Blob' that opposes fracking.

Fracking Is Not Right for Today's Families or Tomorrow's Environment

Ibrahim Taguri | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Politics
Ibrahim Taguri

The oil is almost gone and the same will be true of gas sooner rather than later. Then what? Tar Sands or deep water drilling? This is simply ducking the hard questions and leaving it to future generations to deal with.

The Government Is Moving Mountains for Shale, In Defiance of the Science and of Public Feeling

Caroline Lucas | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

The truth is, we still do not know enough about the potential health, societal and environmental impacts of fracking. The government's gone all-out to win hearts and minds on fracking - assuring robust regulation and economic benefits. The reality looks quite different.

Why We Should Keep Lancashire Frack Free

Damien Clarkson | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Politics
Damien Clarkson

These people are on the frontline and these planning decisions represent a significant moment in the battle to stop fracking across the UK. If the Council refuses the application it will raise serious doubts on whether any community in the UK would have to accept an extreme form of fossil fuel extraction on their doorsteps and under their property.

Under Attack From a Beige Establishment: Why the Green Party Are Now a Major Political Force

Karl Davis | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

The Green Party have a duty to continue to provide for the nation a fresh, fair and radical alternative to the 'business as usual' establishment, just as media chiefs from the BBC, ITV, SKY et al have a duty to promote and encourage a wide, engaging and relevant debate involving those extended the right to vote and elect.

Have A Beer On Him: Happy Mondays' Bez Wants Your Vote In The General Election

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Politics

Happy Mondays dancer Bez has launched his bid for political power today unveiling a billboard poster and handing out free beer. Bez, real name Mark...

David Cameron Nearly Got Asbestos For Christmas

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK

Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has attempted to deliver asbestos as a Christmas present to David Cameron in a protest against fracking. The 73-...

Fracking: Climate Change Concerns

Joe Storey | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Storey

Fracking is the sensible middle ground between preserving the environment and satisfying our energy needs. The industry is undeserving of the hysteria disseminated by opponents who threaten to jeopardise an energy source which is potentially beneficial to communities, the environment and consumers.

Shale Gas: Silver Bullet for UK Energy?

Peter Rolton | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Politics
Peter Rolton

I was recently interviewed by BBC Radio Northampton on the issue, and here I draw together the discussion of exactly why this isn't and shouldn't be the case.

Fracking: Regulation Concerns

Joe Storey | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Storey

The Green Lobby should not be able to tarnish shale gas extraction in the UK with examples from a country with a wildly different regulatory regime, nor should the public be concerned that UK regulators are impotent bodies.