UK Fracking

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

Martin Whitlock | Posted 23.02.2015 | 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 09.02.2015 | 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 09.02.2015 | 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 30.01.2015 | 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 28.01.2015 | 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.

Fracking: Seismic Activity Concerns

Joe Storey | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Storey

Cuadrilla suspended drilling after a series of tremors near its Preese Hall site, which has been operational since 2011. This moratorium was subsequently revoked in December 2012, allowing exploratory drilling to resume...

Fracking: Water Concerns

Joe Storey | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Storey

If opponents are really concerned about water usage and are not disseminating falsehoods for their own political gain, their efforts would be far more effective targeting more water-intensive industries.

Black Is the New Green, Part One: Energy Security

David Saddington | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK
David Saddington

Energy security is one of the most talked about topics not only in terms of the debates around climate change action but also conventional policy. Energy price and stability have very real economic implications for any nation and there is now more than ever increasing concern to secure the resource by internalising energy generation.

IPCC Report: A Tipping Point for Political Action

Caroline Lucas | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

Climate change demands a collective response. We can't expect other countries to act if we don't. And as UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said: "Science has spoken. There is no ambiguity in their message. Leaders must act; time is not on our side."

Greenpeace Accuse Government Of 'Botched Job' On Fracking Consultation

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK

The Government has been accused of using "misleading" information in a public consultation over new under-house fracking plans. Greenpeace claimed tha...

We Must Control Emissions to Make Sure Gas Really Is Cleaner

Jane Burston | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK
Jane Burston

The majority of the UK public would support fracking if it is part of an energy mix that includes renewables, reports BBC news today.

The Number Of People Who Support Fracking Will Probably Shock You

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK

Fracking has unexpectedly widespread backing across the country, with more than three times as many supporting production as opposing, according to a ...

WATCH: David Cameron Finally Gives An Honest Speech About Fracking

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Comedy

Courtesy of Greenpeace UK - and the one and only only Cassetteboy - the Prime Minister gives his most honest speech yet about shale gas. ...

Ten Reasons to Get Active and Stop TTIP

Marienna Pope-Weidemann | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
Marienna Pope-Weidemann

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will be the biggest international 'free-trade deal' in history. It will standardise EU regulations with their almost non-existent US counterparts. Negotiations are secret and over 90 per cent consultants are corporate lobbyists, which is more than a little suspicious.

Fracking Does Not Mean the End of Opec - It is Not All it's Cracked Up to Be

Nehad Ismail | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK
Nehad Ismail

Fracking presents a new challenge for OPEC, as well as opportunities. The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that, over the next five years, one-third of the new oil production of the world will be developed in the USA. By 2020, the US will be a net exporter of gas. By 2035. It will be energy self-sufficient, they say...

Hydro-Electricity! Wind Turbines! Why Not?

Clive Norman | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clive Norman

In addition to these local effects, natural gas extraction has global environmental consequences, because the methane gas that is accessed through extraction and the carbon dioxide released during methane burning are both greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change. New fracking technologies allow for the extraction of more gas, thus contributing more to climate change than previous natural gas extraction."

Puppets of Putin? Russian Secret Agents 'Have Infiltrated Greenpeace'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK

Russian secret agents have infiltrated Greenpeace and other campaign groups to co-ordinate the war against fracking, it has been alleged. After Rus...