Global warming and energy security

Labour has a good record of environmental policy, if masked often by focus on other economic and social issues . Much planning law, the National Parks and Countryside & Rights of Way ( Open access) are examples. Global warming has risen up the political agenda over recent decades and the potential for employment from green … Continue reading Global warming and energy security

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#FracktheNorth – George Osborne, his father-in-law and the dash for gas

Leeds North West Constituency

Last week George Osborne’s climate-change sceptic father-in-law, the Tory Peer Lord Howell, gave us a typically measured Tory statement on shale gas. It was OK to extract it, provided it was not done in ‘sensitive’ Sussex, but in the ‘desolate’ North East. Amid the resulting outcry, he tried to rescue himself – at least from his geographical mistake. He claimed what he had really meant were the ‘desolate’ ‘unloved’ areas of the North West – though we should note there ARE plans for shale gas extraction in the North East. As someone remarked on Twitter – in a hole, he kept digging – and he would soon be deep enough to extract shale gas himself. Howell gave us a new hashtag on Twitter – for the non-Twitterati among you, a hashtag draws tweets on a theme together. #FracktheNorth looks set for a long life!

Insensitivity – yes. Lack of sympathy…

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Bankers’ bonuses, Emissions Trading – and a UKIP rant: read Labour MEP Linda McAvan’s April report now

Labour MEP Linda McAvan’s April e-bulletin is out now. You can read it here. Highlights this month include - the Coalition government’s opposition to EU moves to cap bankers' bonuses - Tory MEPs actions attempting to sink the Emissions Trading scheme - More on the horsemeat scandal - Linda’s work on the Tobacco Directive, Cosmetic … Continue reading Bankers’ bonuses, Emissions Trading – and a UKIP rant: read Labour MEP Linda McAvan’s April report now