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Fracking fears confirmed

Fracking subsidies

While most anti-fracking concerns centre on the potential environmental damage it can cause, and a few raise doubts around unsuitable geology and geography, the industry’s Achilles ’ heel is in the way that it is financed. In the UK, proponents of fracking reference the apparent economic miracle in the USA …

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Scotland to ban fracking

The Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Government is expected to announce an outright ban on fracking later this week according to Rob Edwards at Herald Scotland: “Ministers are putting the finishing touches to a permanent ban, replacing the moratorium they started in January 2015. This will spell the end of plans by the energy …

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The early end of British coal

Wind and coal

In its heyday, the British coal industry produced more than 280 million tons a year.  Today, what remains produces less than 9 million tons – less than was produced at the height of the 1984-85 miners’ strike.  Since then, demand has fallen steadily as industrial users either closed or used …

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Cool wind or hot air?

Nuclear wind power

The revolution is here at last!  That was the message from John Sauven, Director of Greenpeace, in the Guardian last week.  Following a meeting with the CEO of Dong (Danish oil and natural gas) Energy, Sauven gushed: “This isn’t just a hymn to the glory of an oil and gas …

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Fracking “technological breakthrough” is theft

Fracking pads

Nobody doubts that the cost of US fracking has fallen since oil prices collapsed in June 2014.  However, there is considerable disagreement over the causes.  While critics point out that since 2014 wages and service costs have fallen dramatically, the fracking companies have been keen to claim that technological improvements …

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Tory power grab for Celtic shale

Fracking Scotland

Hidden in amongst the Tory ‘power grab’ that is the EU Withdrawal Bill is a clause that allows English ministers to take full control over fracking licenses and decisions in Scotland and Wales.  The change is just one of a raft of clauses that seek to neuter the devolved Scottish …

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Britain goes nuclear

NuScale

The UK government looks set to embrace a new fleet of nuclear power plants as the solution to Britain’s growing energy predicament according to Alan Tovey at the Telegraph: “Ministers are ready to approve the swift development of a fleet of ‘mini’ reactors to help guard against electricity shortages, as …

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The Overton window will leave us cold

UK energy driving off a cliff

Listeners to the BBC Today programme this morning will have heard the interview with Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), about the company’s plans to introduce several new lines of electric and electric hybrid cars.  In the course of the interview, Speth dropped three bombshells that threaten to …

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Maybe it is time to stop polishing

UK oil sunset

Oil and Gas UK – the industry trade body – has its annual report out today.  The report seeks to put a gloss on the future of an industry whose stay of execution is only temporary.  According to Oil and Gas UK: “Almost $6 billion worth of mergers and acquisitions …

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Green Valium for the masses

Green Valium

So-called ‘green energy’ is shaping up to be a wannabee Ponzi scheme reminiscent of the US fracking bubble.  It began with crowd-funded nonsense such as the idea that putting solar panels on the road so that cars and trucks can drive over them might be a good investment.  Since then, …

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