UK Fracking

Lucas Found Not Guilty Over Anti-Fracking Protest

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Politics

Britain's only Green MP has vowed to continue her fight to end fracking after being found not guilty of obstructing a public highway and a public orde...

We Need More Onshore Wind Turbines, Not Less

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK
Anders Lorenzen

Travelling through the countryside of Germany and Denmark, there is hardly at any point you can't see any wind turbines spinning in the background. Even in deeply conservative Texas, in the US, wind turbines are becoming a more dominant factor in the landscape and here is the thing - people like it.

Britain Must Invest in 100% Renewables Before The Lights Go Out

Zion Lights | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Politics
Zion Lights

In 2007 Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the following: 'There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.' Last year, Thorsten Heins, CEO of BlackBerry said: 'In five years I don't think there'll be a reason to have a tablet anymore.' There is a trend here which suggests that people are notoriously bad at predicting the future even in their own fields of expertise.

Fracking: As Knowledge Has Spread Opposition Has Grown

Natalie Bennett | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

We've learnt a lot since the prospect of fracking for shale gas first reared its head in the UK. One thing hasn't changed though - fracking remains incompatible with building the kind of green energy future we need to avert the very worst climate change.

Supporters Gather For Green MP's Fracking Protest Court Case

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK

Green MP Caroline Lucas wanted to send a clear message to the Government that fracking "was not needed or wanted" when she was arrested during protest...

Can Renewables Face Down the Fracking Onslaught?

Jon Bennett | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jon Bennett

Earlier this month the tenth staging of the Ecobuild conference brought together leading lights from sustainable building. One of the conference highlights was a debate on the UK's energy future...

Obama's on His Way to Brussels to Negotiate a 'Polluters Pact'

Keith Taylor | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics
Keith Taylor

Across Europe, anti-fracking campaigns have been picking up momentum. Yet this movement could soon be spectacularly crushed. From Romania to Poland to the UK, local uprisings amongst affected communities have quickly escalated into wider protests...

10 Pictures Of Bez Dancing All The Way To Parliament

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Entertainment

Bez, the former Happy Mondays' maracas player, has announced that he is to run for parliament in 2015. The 49-year-old told the Manchester Evening New...

Former Happy Mondays Dancer To Run For MP In Salford At 2015 Election

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Politics

Former Happy Mondays dancer Bez is planning to shake up politics by running to become the MP for Salford at the 2015 election. According to the Ma...

This Is Really Fracking Funny

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Comedy

"With fracking companies circling the British Isles, it's now more important than ever to make a stand," says green electricity company Ecotricity. ...

Debate: To Frack or Not to Frack?

Frontier | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Politics

The announcement that Cuadrilla will sink two wells in Lancashire has reignited the debate on fracking, is it the solution to our energy problem or an environmental disaster waiting to happen?

The Ideology of a Cancer Cell

Pippa Bartolotti | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Politics
Pippa Bartolotti

Notice how climate change is on the lips of every government minister these days. It's as if they haven't been in denial for the last 30 years. The seas warm and rise, houses are flooded, good agricultural land is ruined, and the government limps reluctantly to the rescue - blaming everyone else for the problem.

Why Fracking Threatens Farmers and Food Safety

Andrew Wasley | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Andrew Wasley

The announcement this week by the gas company Cuadrilla that it wants to drill and frack up to eight new wells in Lancashire has alarmed local people and green campaigners alike; they are worried about the impact of hydraulic fracturing - the controversial technique which involves injecting, at high pressure, a mixture of water, sand and chemicals into the earth to release shale gas - on the area's countryside and wider environment.

Jack of All Trades, Master of None

Peter Rolton | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Rolton

The current governmental landscape betrays a belief that it is possible to run with the hare and the hounds ad infinitum when it comes to energy, and this simply isn't the case. Giving with one hand and taking with the other not only demonstrates a disingenuous attitude that further belittles trust, it also harms investment and makes us less competitive on the world stage.

Fracking: Are Environmentalists Missing the Point?

John Bunzl | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics
John Bunzl

With Prime Minister, David Cameron, extolling the virtues of fracking at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, it seems environmentalists still haven't understood what they're up against. For the problem isn't fracking, but something broader, more global, and far more pervasive.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'Cost Of Living Crisis'? What 'Cost Of Living Crisis'?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Friday 24 January 2014... 1) 'COST OF LIVING CRISIS'? WHAT 'COST OF LIVING CRISIS'? Are the Tories ...

Shale Gas: Make Polluters Pay for the Social Cost of Fracking

The Conversation UK | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

The government's "sweeteners", of 1% of shale gas revenues to local communities and handing local authorities all of the business rates arising from shale gas wells, can be seen as a financial compensation for the disruption fracking will cause locally. The introduction of climate change taxation would tackle the far greater global disruption that the climate effects of shale gas would otherwise bring.

With or Without Fracking, Decarbonisation Remains the Best Bet for Britain

Nick Molho | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Molho

This week's announcements on fracking, including David Cameron's pledge to "go all out on shale gas", triggered yet another shale gas frenzy in the UK media. Yet, despite all the hype and the announcement of better benefits for communities hosting shale gas projects, nothing has fundamentally changed when it comes to the likely impacts of shale gas on the UK's energy market.

Open Letter to First Minister, Carwyn Jones - Why Wales Should Say No to Fracking Bribe

Pippa Bartolotti | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Politics
Pippa Bartolotti

Dear Carwyn, I understand that the Welsh Government is under great pressure to declare its hand on fracking, and therefore I am writing to you to explain why accepting David Cameron's thirty pieces of silver would be the wrong decision.

Fracking Announcement Is a Sign of Desperation and an Indication of its Undesirability

Natalie Bennett | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The government is desperate to promote what's clearly a wrong policy direction - which does provoke a question... why? There's an almost religious fervour opposed to renewable energy, particularly wind farms, in elements of our Parliament - what you might call the Ukip-tendency of the Tory Party, that Mr Cameron is determined to placate.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Is Dave 'Absolute Bonkers'?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Monday 13 January 2013... 1) IS DAVE 'ABSOLUTE BONKERS'? That's the question being asked by leading...

Cameron's Fracking 'Bribe' To Cuts-Hit Councils

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

The Government has renewed its push to promote controversial "fracking" for shale gas, as French energy giant Total confirmed it was investing in the ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Please Don't Come To The UK

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 18 December 2013... 1) PLEASE DON'T COME TO THE UK From the Guardian's splash: "David Cameron i...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Not So Free Schools

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 10 December... 1) NOT SO FREE SCHOOLS Yet another blow to Michael Gove's education 'reforms' - this ...

Unrest in Pungesti as Chevron Resume Fracking Plans

Stephen McGrath | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen McGrath

For over six weeks villagers in Pungesti, mostly farmers, camped round the clock in tents preventing vehicle access to an exploratory site targeted by Chevron for the possible extraction of shale gas. As a result, in mid-October the energy company temporarily withdrew its plans.