UK Fracking

Women Assure Top Female Scientist They Aren't 'Too Silly' To Understand Fracking

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK

A chorus of women including MP Louise Haigh and celebrity Bianca Jagger have hit back at claims by a leading female scientist that women are opposed t...

Green Light for Nuclear While Renewable Energy Sector Forced to Its Knees

Sarah Butler-Sloss | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK
Sarah Butler-Sloss

The UN's chief environment scientist Jacquie McGlade this week criticised the UK for appearing to abandon its leadership ahead of the crucial upcoming climate summit COP21 in Paris. If government policy continues in this vein, we won't need to ask the last person to leave to turn out the lights. They'll have gone out long before then. Just ask the clean energy investors who are starting to turn elsewhere.

Amber Rudd Fails to Inspire on Climate Change

Kyla Mandel | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics
Kyla Mandel

It's safe to say climate change is not on the Conservative Party conference agenda this year. If you showed up just 12 minutes late to Monday afternoon's main event, you would've missed energy secretary Amber Rudd entirely. And indeed, it seems quite a few people did.

Amber Rudd Must Stand Up for British Industry and Consumers

Alexander Temerko | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Politics
Alexander Temerko

It's time for urgent action from the government to wake up to these market forces and what they mean for British consumers, British firms and British industry. We've failed to benefit from the plunge in prices; it's now essential not to be caught out by the rebound...

Tank-Driving Vivienne Westwood Continues Her Attack On David Cameron

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK

In the wake of a stunt which saw her drive a tank to David Cameron's house in a protest against fracking, Dame Vivienne Westwood has continued her sca...

Three Reasons Clean Energy has Permanently Decoupled From the Oil and Gas Markets

Assaad W Razzouk | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Tech
Assaad W Razzouk

It's been a rough summer for energy markets: Oil prices crashed, China stuttered, the Federal Reserve dithered and emerging market currencies threatened to fall off a cliff. Energy stocks have tumbled down, reaching a crescendo in late August with an 11% decline in the S&P500 stock index.

Vivienne Westwood Just Turned Up At David Cameron's House In A Tank

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK

Fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood has driven a tank to David Cameron's house in a protest against the Prime Minister's plans to drill for shale ...

Does the UK Have a Paris Climate Plan or is the Government Calling Our Bluff?

Kyla Mandel | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Politics
Kyla Mandel

It’s been four months since Prime Minister David Cameron’s new majority government came into power and there are just three months before ...

In Just 100 Days, Dave Has Undermined All His Green Policies

Marina Pepper | Posted 09.08.2015 | UK Politics
Marina Pepper

Here's a back-of-a-fag-packet precis of the list so far: Solar tariffs, slashed, onshore wind, shunned. Carbon neutral new-build homes, chucked. Financial help (grants and loans) for home insulation and micro-generation: forget it!

Ed Miliband, Stop Sulking and Learn From the Climate Movement

Louisa Casson | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Louisa Casson

It's no surprise that he's not in the most optimistic frame of mind. But when Labour's former leader spoke at Sandbag's relaunch a few weeks ago, his ...

How Will the Iran Nuclear Deal Impact Oil Prices?

Nash Riggins | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Politics
Nash Riggins

From the outside looking in, you would never guess that Iran is a rich country. It's got sky-high unemployment, an atrocious poverty rate and no real economic growth to speak of. But in a matter of months, this cantankerous theocracy is going to turn the global energy market on its head.

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 15.10.2015 | UK

Stuart Varney, a British-born Fox News anchor, abruptly ended an interview on Sunday after being called a "liar." The action livened up after a lo...

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.