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Government “trying to pull a fast one” on fracking in National Parks

Last edited 15 December 2015 at 4:08pm

MPs are expected to vote tomorrow on the Government’s plan to U-turn on its pledge of an ‘outright ban’ on fracking in National Parks and other protected areas.

The vote on the Government’s Draft Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing (Protected Areas) Regulations 2015 could see fracking allowed beneath National Parks, Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), Groundwater Protection Zones, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and World Heritage sites. This could expose many of the UK’s most fragile and treasured landscapes to noise, air and light pollution, resulting from fracking rigs being situated around the edges of protected areas, in order to drill down and then horizontally across to access the shale gas reserves beneath.

The Energy Omnishambles

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A loop hole in the Energy Bill could see the return of coal-fired power stations

The government's flagship attempt to reform where our electricity comes from prioritises expensive gas and nuclear over renewable energy, doesn’t even mention money saving energy efficiency and is so complicated that even the energy utilities don't understand it.

Stop climate change

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Climate change isn't inevitable. We have the knowledge, skills and technologies to get ourselves out of this difficult situation. All over the world people have woken up to the threat, and are working to reduce the use of fossil fuels, stop rainforest destruction and get power from clean energy. Still much more needs to be done.

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Greenpeace Reaction to Charles Hendry's Tidal Lagoon Report

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12 January, 2017

Greenpeace reaction following the appearance of Charles Hendry on BBC Radio 4 Today, talking about the viability of tidal lagoons, in which he said, "We know it absolutely works...We can start a new industry at an affordable cost to consumers":

Greenpeace UK's Chief Scientist, Dr Doug Parr, said:

Investigation finds Australian bank Macquarie could be poised to asset strip UK Green Investment Bank

Last edited 10 January 2017 at 12:08pm
10 January, 2017
  1. Evidence uncovered of potential preparation for ‘asset stripping’ of GIB will add to concern around the deal from former ministers Greg Barker and Vince Cable and business figures such as Richard Branson.
  2. Macquarie preferred bidder despite track record of UK ‘asset stripping’ activity linked to other UK infrastructure acquisitions including M6 and Thames Water. 
  3. Green groups add voice to calls on Government for sale to Macquarie to be stopped.

An investigation has uncovered a process within the Green Investment Bank (GIB) establishing corporate structures commonly used in preparations for ‘asset-stripping’, ahead of its purchase by controversial Australian bank Macquarie from the UK Government for an estimated £2bn. 

Schools and Businesses To Be Hit By Solar Hike

Last edited 15 December 2016 at 11:31am
15 December, 2016

The government is set to knock solar power yet again with planned business rate hikes of up to 8 times what they currently are. 

Public sector organisations such as schools and businesses who have invested in solar panels, will be affected by unexpected tax hikes. The industry fears that people will be deterred from installing solar panels in the future.

5 manifesto commitments the new government can't forget

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David Cameron may be gone but he still has a legacy - the Conservative Manifesto. It might not sound the most fun, but the pledges that the Conservatives made in the 2015 General Election still govern and guide their policies today, even with Theresa May now in charge.

Here are 5 key pledges the Government made in 2015 that they must remember and deliver on now:<--break-><--break->

7 Questions EDF Needs to Answer About Hinkley Nuclear Plant

Posted by Kate Blagojevic — 22 March 2016 at 12:56pm - Comments
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We've been campaigning for the government to drop Hinkley and invest in renewable energy instead

Tomorrow morning, the saga that is Hinkley nuclear power station is set to continue as executives from EDF will face a grilling from MPs in parliament.

Government U-turn: Osborne Drops Plan To Hike Up The Cost Of Solar Panels

Posted by Rebecca Newsom — 22 March 2016 at 11:18am - Comments
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On Wednesday last week, chancellor George Osborne unveiled plans to hike up the amount of VAT on solar panels from 5% to 20%. 

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