Shale Gas can frack off – Community Renewable Schemes are the way to go. Germany proves that this is a viable alternative that provides true energy democracy.

Not perfect but at least they are doing better than us in the UK. They also build their homes to a higher standard, include rainwater harvesting and grey-water recycling, which all goes towards reducing greenhouse emissions.

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MYTH 1 – “Renewables cannot heat our homes – we therefore need gas.”

Many people believe that renewables can only contribute to any significant extent towards electricity our energy needs. The Germans prove otherwise. In 2012 Germany got 11% of its heating needs from renewables and this is rising rapidly:

MYTH 2 – “Our energy needs can only be met with big infrastructure projects – which is why we are beholden to the big energy companies to provide this for us.”

Much of the heat energy above, was produced by the rapidly growing energy co-operative sector:

The good news, although this is absolutely nothing to do with our fossil fuel obsessed/deranged Government, is that there is support for similar schemes in this country – from places like the Co-operative. Their COMMUNITY ENERGY vision recognises:
“In the UK, people are currently passive consumers when it comes to energy, at the mercy…

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Atos Boss earns £44k a WEEK while Disabled Fight to Keep Just £131

21st Century Britain, not very different from 19th Century Britain.

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Last year, ten thousand six hundred sick and disabled people died within weeks of losing their benefits, after Atos assessed them as ‘fit to work’.  Thierry Breton, boss of IT firm Atos, has just been awarded a £280k pay rise, bringing his total remuneration to £2.3m a year. While disabled people were hounded to death for a maximum of £131.50 Disability Living Allowance a week, the head of the business chasing them earned £44,000 a week.  This is not austerity, it is travesty.

The Bogus Case for Mr Atos

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Atos didn’t just enter with the Coalition.  They have been the sole provider of medical assessments for the DWP since 1998.  While Atos is the bulldog, it is the ministers of the DWP who hold the leash – and this government have given a firm order to attack.

The government has mandated that every single person claiming…

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Friends of the Earth: Fracking fallacies, love from Dave: Green Blog

A blog from Friends of the Earth about the fallacies behind ‘fracking’ and the ‘Green Deal’.  The Government should be doing more to reduce energy consumption and investing more money into real renewables.

Friends of the Earth: Fracking fallacies, love from Dave: Green Blog.

Shale gas could frack up our manufacturing

A blog explaining the negative economical impact ‘fracking’, will possibly have on the UK’s economy.

Inside track

frackingThis post first appeared on the New Statesman blog.

Among the many extravagant claims made by supporters of fracking, perhaps the most absurd is that it will lead to a renaissance in British manufacturing. George Osborne picked up this theme last week when he argued that cheap energy was leading manufacturers to return to the US and he wanted to see this happen in Britain.

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DWP denials: They would kill you and call it ‘help’

This is a disgraceful way for a so-called civilized Government to continue to act. And where are the voices from the opposition, especially the Labour Party?

Vox Political

Who do you believe about the Work Capability Assessment?

Not the government, obviously.

You may have missed this – because it hasn’t been reported widely in the mass media – but a quiet row has been running for several months, concerning the collection and use of medical evidence to support applications for Employment and Support Allowance, the benefit people taking the WCA have applied to receive.

The government – whose spokesman appears to be Employment Minister Mark Hoban rather than Esther McVey, the Minister who is actually responsible for Disabled People – insists that decisions are made after consideration of all medical evidence supplied by claimants, and that they can provide further evidence during the reconsideration process or appeals.

But there is a mountain of evidence that this is a load of bunkum.

Back in 2010, an ex-military claimant, ‘Mrs S’ wrote a damning report on the service at…

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Israel creates covert University units to spread pro-Israel propaganda

Israel’s Propaganda machine going into overdrive.

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Israel shows signs of desperation to safeguard its self-proclaimed image as the only democracy in the Middle East

Israeli Prime Minister’s Office and national student union to create covert units at universities to engage in diplomacy via social media; unit heads to receive full scholarships.

By Barak Ravid | Aug. 13, 2013 | 5:50 AM
     

The Prime Minister’s Office is planning to form, in collaboration with the National Union of Israeli Students, “covert units” within Israel’s seven universities that will engage in online public diplomacy (hasbara). 

The students participating in the project, who would post on social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter on Israel’s behalf, will be part of the public diplomacy arm of the PMO, but would not identify themselves as official government representatives.

About a week ago, the outgoing deputy-director general of the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry, Daniel Seaman, sent a…

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Untested Science: Fracking natural gas controversy

We have heard about the environmental problems of ‘fracking’ in the USA and Australia. Now hear of similar problems of Canada, but the UK is still pushing ahead with ‘fracking’, including provide tax-breaks for ‘fracking’.

Street Democracy - where it should reach - Our Streets!

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The economics of courage – OECD Observer

The bailing out of the failed banks, we were told was a necessity.  This was total nonsense, and by bailing out the failed banks, they rewarded failure, incompetence and corruption.  And Governments are still bailing these banks out whilst cutting back on providing a welfare state.  Even the Co-op Bank, forgot it’s mutual roots and tried to play the ‘Big Bank’ and is also a failed bank.  We need to move away from a consumer society that is rapidly consuming its own ability to exist.  Dramatic climate change and financial collapse are just around the corner.

The economics of courage – OECD Observer.

Circle £3.5m loan was SECOND in 10 months. What’s does that tell us?

Just as with Public Transport, which is supposed to be privatised, they are dependent on substantial tax-payers subsidies. So private companies are able to run services at a minimum cost to themselves, whilst paying themselves high salaries and dividends.

The SKWAWKBOX

I wrote a week ago about the £3.5m loan that Circle Health had asked for, and obtained, from the government in order to fund a capital investment programme at Hinchingbrooke hospital, the first NHS hospital to be taken over by a private company.

Circle, some of whose major shareholders are substantial contributors to Tory party funds, needed additional funding to carry out their planned investment – and unlike an NHS hospital that couldn’t meet its obligations, it received the requested cash rather than being placed into administration. 

That tells its own story. But it turns out that the £3.5m was not the first funding that Circle has requested and received from the government.

In October last year, the health company received an advance of £4 million from the NHS because of ‘cash flow issues’ – on top of a £46m cash injection it asked shareholders to stump up because of its…

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