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  • Peer rejects green costs claim
    Peer rejects green costs claim Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    The claim that green measures have pushed up energy bills is a "fraudulent argument", a senior Tory peer has said. More »

  • Fracking 'boosts hummingbirds'
    Fracking 'boosts hummingbirds' Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Fracking is controversial but likely to have at least one real fan - the black-chinned hummingbird. More »

  • GE to use new India manufacturing facility as export hub
    GE to use new India manufacturing facility as export hub Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    By Aman Shah CHAKAN, India (Reuters) - General Electric Co will use its new manufacturing facility in India, which was formally inaugurated on Saturday, as an export hub, with plans to send half of its output to the conglomerate's global factories. The 67-acre plant in Chakan, near the western city of Pune, is GE's first multi-purpose manufacturing facility in India, which will produce a range of products that will include aviation, rail and diesel engines. It will also be a major part of GE's plan to win increased domestic orders, the U.S. company said at inauguration, which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The GE plant dovetails with the government's push to turn the country into a manufacturing hub with its "Make in India" initiative. More »

  • Argentina's Kirchner gains nothing from prosecutor's death: FM
    Argentina's Kirchner gains nothing from prosecutor's death: FM Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner and her top diplomat did not benefit from the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who accused them of covering up a probe into the country's worst terror strike, the diplomat told The Washington Post. More »

  • Why is Bez from the Happy Mondays spending a week in bed?
    Why is Bez from the Happy Mondays spending a week in bed? Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    The former Happy Mondays star is pulling a John and Yoko as a political protest. More »

  • Young Won't Stand For 'Same Old Rhetoric'
    Young Won't Stand For 'Same Old Rhetoric' Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Stand Up Be Counted contributors are challenging politicians to break from their usual lines as they take part in the Sky News Facebook #AskTheLeaders event. Student James Cantwell, who is in the audience, said: "It's fantastic they're coming to us but we can't have the 'same old same old' rhetoric. Stand Up Be Counted (SUBC) is a Sky News initiative where 16 to 25-year-olds can speak out and share ideas. It is working with Facebook to give younger people the chance to grill those in charge of the major parties, both in person and online. More »

  • Scottish moratorium, planning delay dent Cameron's shale gas ambitions
    Scottish moratorium, planning delay dent Cameron's shale gas ambitions Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    By Karolin Schaps LONDON (Reuters) - Scotland on Wednesday blocked the granting of permits for fracking and a local English council delayed a decision on two projects, casting doubt on British Prime Minister David Cameron's shale gas ambitions. Cameron has said he will go "all out for shale" to help stem a decline in North Sea oil and gas output, but environmental concerns about the use of the fracking technology used to unleash gas trapped in rocks have turned sentiment more negative. Scotland, estimated to have around 80 trillion cubic metres of shale gas resources - enough to cover all of Britain's gas needs for more than 30 years - imposed a moratorium on planning permits until it examines the health impact and other consequences of extraction. "I am announcing today a moratorium on the granting of planning consents for all unconventional oil and gas developments, including fracking," Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing told the Scottish Parliament. More »

  • Moratorium on fracking in Scotland
    Moratorium on fracking in Scotland Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    The controversy over fracking in the UK has deepened as Scotland imposed a ban on giving the green light to new schemes amid ongoing public opposition to the process. More »

  • Britain debates fracking as opposition mounts
    Britain debates fracking as opposition mounts Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Britain is planning to begin shale gas extraction despite growing popular opposition, with local officials in northern England stuck in a dilemma on whether to authorise the first fracking operations. More »

  • Solar project completed in village
    Solar project completed in village Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Residents from a village which was at the centre of huge anti-fracking protests have seen the completion of their first community-owned solar panel project. More »

  • Protesters Rally Against Fracking Proposals
    Protesters Rally Against Fracking Proposals Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    A council has delayed its decision on the future of fracking in Lancashire, as demonstrators from around the UK gathered in the county to oppose the process. It is the first time that Cuadrilla, an exploration company, has applied to develop new fracking sites since being blamed for creating earth tremors in Blackpool three years ago. The Preese Hall site remains the only place in the UK where modern fracking techniques have been used so far. Cuadrilla has applied to Lancashire County Council for permission to frack two sites in a rural area between Preston and Blackpool. More »

  • Council urged to reject frack bids
    Council urged to reject frack bids Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Campaigners have called for permission for two new fracking sites in Lancashire to be refused, ahead of a meeting by county councillors to consider the plans. More »

  • Parliament bid to block fracking in Britain fails
    Parliament bid to block fracking in Britain fails Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    A group of MPs failed to block plans for shale gas fracking in Britain, but the government agreed to tougher regulation and a ban on fracking in national parks. More »

  • Fracking ban in national parks
    Fracking ban in national parks Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Ministers have agreed an outright ban on fracking in national parks and accepted Labour proposals for tougher regulation but blocked backbench calls for a moratorium on shale gas extraction. More »

  • Fracking u-turn 'recognises risks'
    Fracking u-turn 'recognises risks' Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Government concessions on fracking show the "monolithic consensus" on the issue is crumbling, Greenpeace has claimed. More »

  • Fracking 'Moratorium' Rejected By MPs
    Fracking 'Moratorium' Rejected By MPs Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    A rebel amendment to the Infrastructure Bill demanding a moratorium on fracking has been heavily defeated in the House of Commons. The clause, backed by the chair of the Environmental Audit Committee Joan Walley MP, along with Lib Dem and Labour MPs, had proposed that fracking should be "discontinued" until an "independent assessment" was carried out. A Labour front bench amendment, which proposed a list of conditions before fracking can take place, was also accepted by the Government. It comes after anti-fracking campaigners called on the Government to listen to concerns over environmental risks and climate change associated with the controversial technique in a report by the committee published on Monday. More »

  • Britain to ban fracking in national parks after policy u-turn Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - The government said on Monday it would ban fracking in national parks, reversing a policy announced last year, in a concession to the opposition Labour Party which had called for tighter controls to be written into law. "We have agreed an outright ban on fracking in national parks, sites of special interest and areas of natural beauty," said junior energy minister Amber Rudd during a debate on new laws regulating the extraction process. Last year the government said fracking -- extracting gas and oil by pumping chemicals, sand and water at high pressure into underground rocks -- would be possible within national parks in exceptional circumstances. "This is a huge u-turn," said Labour energy spokeswoman Caroline Flint. More »

  • Algeria walks economic tightrope as oil falls Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    By Patrick Markey and Hamid Ould Ahmed ALGIERS (Reuters) - For months, Algerian officials repeated their mantra that large foreign exchange reserves would shield the country from collapsing oil prices. Last week, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal took to state television to announce what most already knew - that crisis was at the door. With crude prices having more than halved since June, Algeria must plot a precarious path of curbing high public spending without eating into a generous welfare budget that has helped stave off widespread social unrest. The price slide is testing an economic system that relies on energy revenues to pay for social subsidies, from public housing to cheap loans, which helped Algeria avoid the kind of "Arab Spring" uprisings that erupted in its North African neighbours. More »

  • British lawmakers demand freeze on fracking
    British lawmakers demand freeze on fracking Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    The site where energy company IGas has permission to carry out exploratory drilling for shale gas at Barton Moss in Manchester on January 13, 2014 More »

  • UK parliament group calls for shale gas fracking moratorium Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    A group of British lawmakers has called for a moratorium on shale gas fracking, saying developing the unconventional gas resources was incompatible with targets to fight climate change. The British government is counting on getting shale gas out of the ground to help stem a decline in the country's North Sea energy resources and reduce its dependence on gas imports. In a report accompanying an amendment to a proposed law to be discussed in parliament on Monday, members of the Environmental Audit Committee said they want to see a moratorium on all shale fracking. "A moratorium on the extraction of unconventional gas through fracking is needed to avoid both the inconsistency with our climate change obligations and to allow the uncertainty surrounding environmental risks to be fully resolved," the members of parliament (MPs) said in the report. More »

  • Geraint Davies MP: My Bill puts safety before fracking Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Geraint Davies MP's Fracking Regulation Bill, presented yesterday, would make the contamination of our water and the emission of harmful gases from fracking illegal. More »

  • US oil services firms slash jobs as crude prices plunge
    US oil services firms slash jobs as crude prices plunge Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Big winners in the US shale-oil boom, energy services providers now are slashing jobs to preserve their profits and margins from the rapid dive in oil prices More »