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How we pay for fracking three times over

Fracking Scam

The US fracking bubble that was going to power America for a century is fast receding into the history books.  But unlike previous oil booms and busts, this one looks like being the last.  And now that it is over, we can begin counting the costs to communities across the …

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UK government energy greenwash

Greenwash

The British public is being deceived by greenwash stories designed to gloss over the government’s failure to deliver a coherent energy policy.  For example, Adam Vaughan in the Guardian uncritically repeats the story that: “More power came from solar panels than from Britain’s ageing coal stations from April to September …

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Scottish fracking argument reveals UK’s energy problem

Fracking Scotland

The Institute of Directors in Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to lift its ban on fracking or face severe energy disruption in the near future.  According to the Institute, which represents 1,800 businesses in Scotland: “We are severely concerned that there will be a power shortage by the …

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Public support for fracking at an all-time low

Anti-fracking

The latest University of Nottingham survey of public attitudes to shale gas extraction in the UK has found that for the first time a majority of people in the UK are opposed to fracking.  Since the survey began in March 2012, fracking had always had a positive approval rating, although …

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US researchers accidentally discover an ethanol battery

Ethanol

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have accidentally discovered a potentially profitable means of converting carbon dioxide into ethanol.  The team used a catalyst made of carbon, copper and nitrogen and applied voltage to trigger a complicated chemical reaction that essentially reverses the combustion process. …

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The very worst US fracking practice of all arrives in the UK

Mafia

Potential investors in UK fracking were recently advised that IGas Energy plc has a staggering 11 trillion cubic feet of recoverable UK shale gas within its portfolio.  The claim comes after an assessment by “independent” consultants DeGolyer & MacNaughton, which claims that there is a total of 102 trillion cubic …

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National Grid keeps the lights on; but at what cost?

lightbulb

National Grid has managed to increase the projected margin between energy supply and demand to 6.6 percent for the winter of 2016/17.  This has been achieved by spending more than £140m on additional back-up diesel generators together with extending the operating life of the Eggborough coal power plant in North …

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UK energy in transition

Gas Powerstation

According to government energy statistics for May to July 2016, just 5.3 percent of the UK’s electricity was generated from coal.  According to the government, this is a record low, meaning that generation from solar is now greater than from coal. Unfortunately, at 17.4 percent, renewable energy was down – …

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Conventional oil economics deal another blow to fracking

Fracked

Despite continuing low oil prices having all but bankrupted the fracking industry, North Sea oil and gas production just hit a 15 year high.  According to Emily Gosden in the Telegraph: “Oil and Gas UK said it expected last year’s 10.4pc increase in production – the first rise in 15 …

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