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Fracking Week in Parliament – week ending 30 September 2016

In this week’s Fracking Week in Parliament:

Scottish Conservatives accuse the Scotland’s First Minister of “double-standards” over shale. She accuses them of wanting to “ride roughshod” over local opinion and concerns. 1,184 more words


Conference diary: plenty of talk of power but where was energy?

This post is by Green Alliance’s Paul McNamee, head of politics.

Travelling back to London on an overcast Wednesday afternoon (in the booked seat of a train company that shall remain nameless), the air conditioning broke and a small but steady stream of water leaked from the ceiling into my lap. 640 more words

Political Leadership

Common Fracking Sense

I came up with comic earlier this week after reading about the shipments of shale gas Ineos is transporting to Scotland from the US. For Ineos to focus on the fact that this will create jobs (which may be true) in order to not address the disastrous environmental effects created by fracking is disheartening. 34 more words

Harnessing the rage

The essential problem with becoming more political over the past couple of years is that I’ve genuinely started to lose the faith. I know that the best way to change people’s minds is to be… 1,122 more words

Sacrifice Zones

Listen to this Pulitzer Prize winning journalist discuss “Sacrifice Zones.” These are areas that have experienced permanent damage, both environmental and economic, from industrial activity. 24 more words


The war of geology is over–but only sort of

Around June 2014, Saudi Arabia launched a silent and perhaps unprecedented type of war. Flooding the global market with crude oil, the Saudis pitted their enviable geology–subterranean reservoirs that produce some of the world’s cheapest oil–against arriviste American shale drillers who had burst presumptuously onto the market with a deluge of their own product. 389 more words

Farcicological Dig

“All this nonsense is a substitute for a simple proposition: stop digging. There is only one form of carbon capture and storage that is scientifically proven, and which can be deployed immediately: leaving fossil fuels in the ground.” ( 36 more words