Category: Energy

  LET’S HEAR BOTH SIDES IN FRACKING DEBATE Later this month Lancashire County Council will finally decide whether exploration for onshore gas can go ahead at two sites in the county. We know what a group of protesters feel about the idea. They have attracted widespread media coverage for their opposition activities in Lancashire and [read more…]

THE ENERGY GAP   Is the extraction of shale gas part of the answer to our looming energy gap, or a potential environmental disaster in our crowded island?   Opposition to fracking is rising as demonstrations from Blackpool in Lancashire to Balcombe in Sussex have shown. The government meanwhile seems determined to press ahead with [read more…]

    A month ago the Philippines was devastated by one of the most powerful storms ever. These catastrophic events are becoming more frequent as climate change fuels our weather system with more and more energy.   You’d think that husky driver Dave would get it, realising that before long he won’t be able to [read more…]

When we booked John Major to speak to us parliamentary journalists this week we were expecting some gentle reflections on his time in office in the nineties. Perhaps some thoughts about his predecessor Margaret Thatcher being a back seat driver or about the soapbox he used in 1992 to deliver the Conservatives last General Election [read more…]

DOUBLE LUCK As the dust settles on Andy Murray’s great triumph, I have been wondering just how many people have been lucky enough to see England win the World Cup and a Brit win the Men’s Singles at Wimbledon. In 1965 I made sure I applied on the first day when tickets became available and [read more…]

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