Every year, the world spends billions of dollars subsidizing the production, exploration and use of oil, coal and natural gas. By all accounts, these subsidies don’t make sense for the economy or for the environment. They impose significant burdens on government budgets, in many cases more than is spent on health or education, encourage wasteful use of scarce resources and tend to benefit the rich more than the poor. For example, IMF analysis has shown that on average only 3 percent of gasoline and 7 percent of diesel fuel subsidies reach the poorest 20 percent of households. And arecent GSI study found that removing fossil fuel subsidies in 20 countries between now and 2020 could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 11 percent.
REAF press release.
Panel finds little basis in EPA’s 1,000-page study for claim that fracking has not led to ‘widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water.’
The Government plans to allow fracking in areas that protect our drinking water – tell your MP to say no. FoE link>>>>
The Government is attacking rooftop solar.
But it’s under pressure to change its mind.
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Over the last two days we have been looking at the links between the so-called North West Energy Task Force and Westbourne Communications. We started to look at this when one of the NWETF panellists, Lee Petts, told us that “panelists aren’t involved in the day-to-day mechanics” of running the “task force” and pointed us towards the Morning Star web site which had an article about the links between Westbourne and the NWETF on it.
We discovered that there are some very clear links between Westbourne and the NWETF:
John Ashton was the UK’s Special Representative for Climate Change between 2006 – 2012. This is an excerpt of a speech he gave at a public rally and joining of hands across the Forth Bridge against unconventional gas extraction in the Forth Estuary and Forth Valley, on 11 October 2015.
The British Medical Association, the representative body of doctors in the UK, has voted to end its investments in fossil fuel companies, making it the first health organisation in the world to do so.