Category Archives: Hydraulic Fracturing

Fracking off in Lancashire (and elsewhere?)

I know this is very late but, it is such significant moment, I feel I must comment on the recent decision of Lancashire County Council to refuse to allow fracking to proceed in their county. Never mind that their decision … Continue reading

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BBC Panorama on the Energy Crisis in the UK

The BBC have very helpfully posted the recent Panorama programme ‘Energy Bills: Power Failure’ on YouTube (as embedded below). Presented by Tom Heap (who regularly does spots on CountryFile), it is very fair-minded and includes contributions from a wide range … Continue reading

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Conservatives for conservation (of a habitable planet)

Whilst I am aware of – and have previously quoted – Lord Deben (i.e. leader of of the Committee on Climate Change – the advisory group David Cameron and George Osborne are ignoring so studiously), I was not aware of … Continue reading

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George Monbiot is as incisive as ever

I admit it, even though I am (or would like to be) socially conservative, George Monbiot is one of my heroes. His long track record of illuminating the stupidity of climate change scepticism was one of the reasons I decided … Continue reading

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My final word on Fracking?

(Probably not!) Herewith appended below is an email I sent today to Professor Iain Stewart (and copied to all those named in it). However, please note that I have just found the BBC TV programme to which it refers has … Continue reading

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Nick Reeves says we’re all ‘Fracking Mad’

The Stone Age did not end because we ran out of stone! I know this has been said many times. Most recently it has been said by one of my favourite environmental commentators/campaigners, Executive Director of CIWEM (the Chartered Institution … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Science, Cognitive Dissonance, Denial, Economics, Energy Crisis, Environment, Fossil Fuels, Hydraulic Fracturing, Intergenerational Injustice, Politics, Populism, Renewable Energy | Tagged | 27 Comments

Can technology save us?

I happened to stumble across a BBC TV Horizon special, entitled ‘Tomorrow’s World’ last Thursday. It begins with a fascinating review of humankind’s history of – and propensity for – invention. It also explains some truly fascinating – and inspiring … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon Capture and Storage, Climate Science, Consumerism, Economics, Energy Crisis, Environment, Financial Crisis, Growthmania, Hydraulic Fracturing, Intergenerational Injustice, Mass Extinctions, Modernity, Politics, Renewable Energy | Tagged , , , , , , | 33 Comments

Electronic toys of mass distraction

I must credit recent subscriber xraymike79 with apparently coining this term, in his recent post, entitled ‘Mankind’s Infantilism and the Death of the Planet‘. However, before clicking, please note that this contains adult themes that some might find disturbing. For … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon Capture and Storage, Climate Science, Consumerism, Economics, Environment, Fossil Fuels, Hydraulic Fracturing, James Hansen, Politics, Renewable Energy, Storms of my Grandchildren | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

End ecocide in Europe (and the World)

I am not sure what good it will do unless the whole World decides to stop self-harming as well but… If you live in the EU please sign-up here to help stop ecocide in Europe (thanks Pendantry). ———————————- One way … Continue reading

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Methane from fracking could trigger irreversible* change

* UPDATE: With thanks to fellow-blogger Pendantry for alerting me to this video of Guy McPherson (University of Arizona), note that research published in the US Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) in 2009 concluded climate change is … Continue reading

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