The FoE intransigency meant a rare intervention from the ASA themselves: Continue reading Friends of the Earth: Charity or Company?
The “ticking off” of Friends of the Earth received today now means the opening, by them, of a new front on the anti fracking debate.
Donna Hume, a Friends of the Earth senior campaigner, said: “No ruling has been made against us. The ASA offered to drop the case without ruling after we confirmed that a particular leaflet was no longer being used.
“We continue to campaign against fracking because burning fossil fuels is dangerous for the climate. As well as that, the process of exploring for and extracting shale gas is inherently risky for the environment, this is why fracking is banned or put on hold in so many countries.”
Reality Check: Fracking is banned or put on hold in so many countries by using same tactics exposed today. Continue reading The Fracking Debate Gas Can Win: Climate
A new front in the war against fracking opened up this week when Guy Shrubsole of Friends of the Earth found an unlikely new ally in the right of centre UK Daily Telegraph’s Political Editor Christopher Hope with this story. I would imagine the Daily Telegraph doesn’t support Friends of the Earth in their refugee campaign or much else.FoE members are usually only slightly less rabid Remainers than I am, but the story shows how desperate FoE may become as they morph from a campaign to save the earth to simply one to save their jobs.
The back story of this sudden flourish first. This week Friends of the Earth will get told by the UK Advertising Standards Authority that their claims about fracking based on water contamination, house prices, and ashtma attacks that were used in an advertisement in the Sunday Times are inaccurate. As part of the agreement, they will agree not to repeat them anywhere
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.
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.
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).
Today, Ryedale Against Fracking and others are protesting in London to support the Friends of the Earth case against North Yorkshire County Council’s approval of the Third Energy project to use fracking on a twenty year old current “conventional” gas well pad.
They started with a demonstration outside chanting “No Fracking in North Yorkshire. No Fracking Anywhere”
Although some protestors are evidently merely selfish, content to displace gas production to others while happy to ignore their own consumption, there are others who see more natural gas production as part of a wider issue that makes it harmful for climate change. Continue reading No Fracking Anywhere doesn’t help the earth. It hurts it.
Three things happened in UK shale last week, but the most important thing is nothing happened. Even worse than the paper tigers of shale opponents in UK who are in fact increasingly isolated, is the lazy shorthand of investment analysts who also seek to write off UK shale before it starts, often because of their perceptions of a public uproar over onshore gas and oil. The reality is a yawn.
Firstly, we had Francis Egan of Cuadrilla appearing before House of Lords. This was the only one that I think should have got some airplay or column inches, because it went a long way to showing what UK shale 2017 and beyond will look like, not the 2008 to 2011. As it was , it was only given space at the fracking information (almost invariably negative) site Drill or Drop. Continue reading The new normal: UK shale gas becomes boring
Many problems surrounding energy and climate could be solved with some energy literacy, but as I’ve pointed out before, what seems like magic to some people is in reality very complicated.
Magical thinking is especially prevalent in Scotland. That lovely country is blessed with wind resources, sometimes enough to produce all of Scottish electricity demand. Sometimes not though, and there surely isn’t much solar at that latitude. This time of year, there is only 7 hours and 45 minutes of daylight. But the anti-shale movement and keep it in the ground movement is stronger in Scotland than anywhere. That’s bizarre given that North Sea oil and gas revenues provides the only rationale for Scottish Independence. Just as baffling is the import of Ineos ethane from Philadelphia (and of course from Pennsylvania) despite huge volumes of shale gas literally in the basement of the plant. A plant which is one of Scotland’s largest employers and which has received £230 million diverted from renewables and efficiency from the Scottish Government to build the tank infrastructure. Most, if not all of the tanks wouldn’t be needed if the gas field under the plant would be allowed to be drilled. Continue reading Scottish gas use enables Nigeria’s climate kleptocrats.
Which noisy New Yorker, product of a privileged family, blocked Hillary Clinton’s route to the Oval Office? No, not that one.
Josh Fox was director of Gasland, a documentary on the effects of US fracking filmed in 2009. The film spawned the anti-fracking movement first in the US, and then in Europe, most especially in France and the UK. He certainly helped elect Trump by energising the anti fracking forces around the Bernie Sanders no fracking at all supporters to either stay home or vote for Doctor Jill Stein the Green Party candidate. Continue reading Did Josh Fox put Donald Trump in the White House?