The IPCC calls to leave most of the remaining fossil fuels in the ground and the #COP21Paris meeting, mean absolutely nothing to our ruling elite!
Industry and government welcomed today’s final report from the industry-funded Task Force on Shale Gas, which recommended fracking should get underway. But environmental campaigners said the government must stop fracking if it was serious about commitments to tackle climate change made at the Paris conference.
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I have just seen an article about an incident, which could have been the North Seas’ Deepwater Horizon, but for favourable winds. The article in the Guardian does mention petroleum condensate causing damage to marine life: http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/dec/22/oil-company-total-fined-1m-north-sea-gas-leak. But the official press release from the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) does not mention any environmental impacts of the release: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2015/total-ep-uk-ltd-received-record-fine-following-largest-ever-north-sea-gas-release/. There was another incident reported earlier this year: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/energy-giant-shell-fined-22000-6890636. This how the incident was reported in the Guardian, which includes other failures by Shell: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2011/aug/22/shell-north-sea-oil-leak. Another major incident in a mature oil and gas field, by a major oil and gas company. There a numerous incidents that occur in the oil & gas fields, that the public never hear about: http://www.hse.gov.uk/offshore/statistics.htm. So how can any politician allow oil and gas production in environmentally sensitive areas or of, unconventional sources, with a clear concisions?