After years of dogged and ill-advised support for fracked shale gas and oil, at the expense of clean energy, the Conservatives finally gave in today. This is a significant victory for environmentalists. The implications are global, substantial ….and fully explored in this presentation along with the related story of why American shale is heading a financially ruinous crash.
Jeremy Leggett 2nd Nov 2019 read more »
Plans for the UK’s first deep coal mine in decades will go ahead after the government decided not to intervene. West Cumbria Mining said the new mine – near the site of the former Haig Colliery in Whitehaven which shut in 1986 – would create 500 jobs. Cumbria county councillors gave it the go-ahead in March, but this sparked a number of objections, including a call for government scrutiny. However, ministers have now said the council should take the decision. Councillors have ratified their support for the plans. The Woodhouse Colliery would extract coking coal from the seabed off St Bees, with a processing plant on the former Marchon site at Kells.
BBC 2nd Nov 2019 read more »
The UK is to sink its first deep coal mine for more than 30 years after the government said it would not block planning permission for the pit in Cumbria. The ministry of Housing confirmed that it would not “call in” the application, already approved by the Cumbria county council, despite objections from green groups. West Cumbria Mining said it would press ahead with the pit, which is near the old Haig colliery close to Whitehaven on the north-west coast of England. The company said the mine would bring 500 well-paid jobs to the area. The region relies heavily on the nuclear industry and seasonal tourism.
FT 3rd Nov 2019 read more »
The chief of the United Nations has warned Asia to quit its “addiction” to coal in a bid to tackle climate change. UN Secretary General António Guterres said countries in the region were among the most vulnerable to global warming and should be on the “front line” of efforts to stop it. He cited a new study that found that Asian countries were at particular risk of climate-driven flooding. Coal is a major source of power in many Asian countries. Speaking to reporters in the Thai capital Bangkok on Saturday, Mr Guterres described climate change as the “defining issue of our time”. The UN chief referenced a study published on Tuesday, which found that climate change would put millions more people at risk from coastal flooding by 2050 than previously thought. The majority of those implicated were in developing countries across Asia, the study said.
BBC 2nd Nov 2019 read more »
We must follow Norway and wring every last drop of oil from our waters. Norway brags about its green credentials but the Scandinavian petrodollar state still depends on exporting oil and natural gas for its long-term prosperity. Its latest giant offshore oil field project is proof that the North Sea still has decades of life left as a major producing basin. The UK Government should take note and support more exploration in British waters.
Telegraph 2nd Nov 2019 read more »