A blog from Barton Moss anti-fracking camp:
An update on the bedroom-tax, a tax on the poorest in our society. The message is clear for all those affected by it, appeal against it.
The incompetence of our political leaders and their civil servants, shows no end. When will they stop digging a deeper hole for themselves and admit, the ‘bedroom tax’, was an ill-thought and punitive tax, which should be abolished completely.
This Government continues to show itself as incompetent, by rushing through legislation that is badly flawed. The Gagging Bill, is another piece of nonsense cobbled together by this Government, in an attempt to silence NGOs, Charities, Community groups, environmental campaigners and even Trade Unions.
The TUC supports the Governments stance on benefit sanctions. Who do the TUC and the Labour Party really represent?
The Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) got it wrong, many housing benefit claimants had money deducted in error, spread the word.
Some truths about Ariel Sharon.
Ariel Sharon, visit to the Temple Mount, October, 2000
I never understood how people could rejoice at the news of a person’s death. I happened to be in the UK when Margaret Thatcher died so I witnessed the celebrations. The expressions of joy as the news of the Iron Lady’s death spread around the country shocked me at first, as people were actually throwing parties to celebrate her death. As I visited different parts of the country, particularly Wales and Ireland, it occurred to me that when Ariel Sharon dies we may see similar outbursts of joy taking place.
Sharon has been in a coma since January 2006 when he suffered several brain hemorrhages that left him in a vegetative state. But now there is news that his kidneys are failing and concerns are expressed in Israel that there is a chance he will die soon.
One can imagine the…
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The International Energy Agency‘s ‘Redrawing the Energy-Climate map report‘, state there are 4 policies countries should pursue, to prevent a Global 2°C temperature rise. The UK’s Government support and subsidies for ‘fracking’, run counter to what is required:
The policies in the 4-for-2°C Scenario have been selected because they meet key criteria: they can deliver significant reductions in energy-sector emissions by 2020 (as a bridge to further action); they rely only on existing technologies; they have already been adopted and proven in several countries; and, taken together, their widespread adoption would not harm economic growth in any country or region. The four policies are:
Adopting specific energy efficiency measures (49% of the emissions savings).
Limiting the construction and use of the least-efficient coal-fired power plants (21%).
Minimising methane (CH4) emissions from upstream oil and gas production (18%).
Accelerating the (partial) phase-out of subsidies to fossil-fuel consumption (12%).”
This post is by Dr Bruce Tofield, associate consultant at the Adapt Low Carbon Group, University of East Anglia.
In launching Next steps for shale production, energy minister Michael Fallon said that fracking “is an exciting prospect, which could bring growth, jobs and security”. There is, however, great concern about the damaging local environmental impact of fracking in Britain. Less remarked upon is fossil fuel lock-in, highlighted recently by Rachel Cary. As Michael Liebreich, CEO of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, has pointed out “If the UK ever becomes dependent on shale gas, it will never be able to kick the fracking habit.”
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