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Power shortages in Britain’s energy network are shameful

10 November 2015 12:49

Last Wednesday, following what National Grid casually referred to as ‘multiple plant breakdowns’ of a number of power stations –…

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The left love to pick and choose which scientific research they trust

23 October 2015 16:40

There has been predictable frothing at the suggestion by Professor Averil Macdonald, Chairwoman of UK Onshore Oil and Gas, that…

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Vivienne Westwood pays an unwelcome visit to David Cameron’s house

11 September 2015 11:52

While politicians are currently debating the Assisted Dying Bill in Parliament, Dame Vivienne Westwood has decided there is a more pressing…


Why are renewable technologies held to a different set of standards?

26 January 2015 12:18

The House of Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee wants a moratorium on fracking so that what it calls the ‘huge uncertainties’…

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Why Vladimir Putin’s threats about cutting off Europe’s gas supply are all bluff

1 December 2014 14:05

Has the West found a secret new weapon in its battle with Putin’s expansionist ambitions: reversible gas pipelines? Putin has…

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Why aren’t fracking companies drilling offshore, rather than on land?

1 December 2014 12:08

The city of Denton, Texas, doesn’t often make the news, but last month it did: it became the first city…


Morning review: Could British infrastructure cope with fracking?

28 July 2014 12:28

In this week’s View from 22 Morning Review, Mary Wakefield, James Forsyth and David Blackburn discuss the weekend’s main stories.…

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Presumption against fracking in our beautiful countryside is welcome

28 July 2014 12:12

The government’s announcement today that fracking will not take place in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty save…

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Lord Howell offends the North of England again — but does he have a point?

14 May 2014 10:14

Oh Lord Howell, you’ve done it again. Offending the North of England once wasn’t enough, so he’s had a second…

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David Cameron is dangerously complacent on shale gas regulation

16 January 2014 11:13

Late on Tuesday afternoon, and within minutes of each other, two separate hearings in the Palace of Westminster examined the…

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Fracking incentives ‘pathetic’ and ‘insulting’, Tory MP warns

13 January 2014 9:24

Many plaudits this morning for ministers such as Michael Fallon who have catalysed the government’s push ahead with fracking. The…

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Fracking debate: ‘Let’s peek into this pandora’s box’

3 December 2013 14:50

At last night’s Spectator debate, the audience voted dramatically in favour of the motion Let’s Get Fracking! Despite impassioned speeches…

The next phase in the energy debate will depend on the contents of George Osborne's Autumn Statement.

While we wait for George Osborne, Grant Shapps takes to Buzzfeed to talk about energy policy

12 November 2013 15:30

The energy debate is in stasis. Everything, it seems, hangs on the contents of the Autumn Statement. EDF has announced a price…

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There mustn’t be a north / south divide when it comes to fracking

9 November 2013 18:03

Michael Fallon, who among his many roles is the minister in charge of fracking, has told the Telegraph’s Jame Kirkup…

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MPs still fracked with nerves about shale gas incentives

24 October 2013 17:20

In the days before Ed Miliband went all Marxist/brave on energy (delete as tribally appropriate), the debate around energy was…

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What the frack?

15 October 2013 8:58

According to the weird and wonderful folk at Greenpeace, the home of the longest running magazine in the English language…

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How fracking could be sent packing by a poor offer for locals

22 August 2013 12:19

After the noisy protests over oil drilling in Balcombe, you might be forgiven for thinking that there are just two…


The Guardian’s latest crush: Justin Welby

20 August 2013 13:52

The Church of England has had some surprisingly good press recently. Who knows how these things happen, but the media…

Caroline Lucas at today's anti-fracking protest in Balcombe, where she was later arrested. Picture: PA

Caroline Lucas’ fracking arrest won’t worry ministers, but here’s what will

19 August 2013 18:15

Caroline Lucas’ arrest this afternoon at the Balcombe fracking protest might be quite useful for the Green MP, but it’s…

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What does Ed Miliband make of shale?

4 August 2013 13:03

‘We are going to see how thick their rectory walls are, whether they like the flaring at the end of…


Our Fracking Friends in the North

2 August 2013 15:20

An old Washington cliche has it that a gaffe is what happens when a politician inadvertently blurts out the truth or, in…

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Winning the fracking argument

2 August 2013 13:48

Shale has been back on the front pages this week, with exploratory drilling at Balcombe in West Sussex and Lord…

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Lord Howell says fracking should be carried out in ‘desolate’ North East

30 July 2013 14:51

Lord Howell has got himself into a spot of fracking bother this afternoon. The Newcastle Chronicle reports that George Osborne’s…


Sussex versus shale – a tale of anti-politics and middle class anxiety

21 July 2013 14:14

George Osborne believes in shale; this week’s tax cut announcement was another clear profession of his faith. But plenty of…


Are fracking tax breaks really necessary?

19 July 2013 9:17

George Osborne is taking the ‘global race’ to a new level today. The Chancellor is not just allowing Britain to…