As Russian gas imports surge into the UK. Is there an alternative?

UK and EU natural gas this winter is increasingly supplied not by US LNG as some had predicted, but by slight increases in North Sea production from both the UK and Norway sectors and for the first time, a sudden surge of  Russian gas.

Russia has the greatest natural gas resources on earth, yet even by the standards of the world’s largest country,  they are pretty much stranded assets.  Exhibit one is the Yuzhno-Russkoe project on the Yamal peninsula which feeds gas into the Nord Stream pipeline from Vyborg near Saint Petersburg.  Nord Stream then goes under the Baltic Sea to Germany and from there to European gas grid.  This winter has seen a surge in imports through the two interconnectors to Bacton in East Anglia.  One (IUK) comes from Zeebrugge in Belgium and the other from Holland.

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Friends of the Earth new choice: Stop squandering their money on fracking.

Friends of the Earth are one of the UK’s, and Europe’s most respected environmental advocacy groups.  Few could fault either the quality of their research nor the depth of their commitment on a number of causes related to both progressive politics and the climate. Their recent campaigns on issues such as the countryside, bees and climate refugees are especially commendable.

But they have had a blind spot, one which those more cynical than I might say, is a function of their falling fundraising –  their opposition to fracking.

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Go fly a KIITG:Did Keep It In The Ground, false balance and fake news bury the environmental movement?

The nomination of Scott Pruitt has rightly caused much gnashing of teeth at sites like Climate Home.

Green groups reacted with bitter hostility calling Pruitt a “fossil fuel industry puppet” (350.org), “an arsonist in charge of fighting fires (Sierra Club) and “destined for the environmental hall of shame” (NRDC).

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