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Oil price hits two and a half year highGuardian Unlimited | 04 Apr 2011
Libyan unrest and Opec chair Iran's refusal to sanction production increases pushes US crude to $108.74. The oil price has hit its highest level since the financial crisis, amid continuing supply fears over the conflict in Libya and renewed optimism about global economic growth. The cost of a barrel of Brent crude, sourced from the North Sea, hit $119.95 on Monday, its highest level since August 2008.US crude rose to $108.74 on Monday morning, its highest level since September 2008.
Not so green now when it comes to the low-carbon revolutionGuardian Unlimited | 17 Mar 2011
What better way for the government to celebrate its new low-carbon revolution than overseeing a major renewable energy scheme for a highly successful factory producing some of the latest fuel-efficient cars? A win-win for the UK, you might think, with the potential for the country to become an exporter of the very latest in hybrid petrol/electric vehicles from a Toyota plant powered by the sun.
Scrapping fuel duty rise will hurt UK economicallyGuardian Unlimited | 11 Mar 2011
A small fuel duty increase means less consumption. The Green party wants to ease the strain by scrapping the VAT rise. Even if like me you don't spend a lot of time behind the wheel, you can't ignore the cost of fuel. According to AA figures released this week, it's now averaging at just over 132 pence a litre. With the situation in Libya deteriorating and the pressure for reform across the Middle East meeting fierce resistance from other absolutist regimes, costs could rise further.
'Oil prices make the case for green economy'Guardian Unlimited | 03 Mar 2011
Climate and energy secretary says an oil price of $100 a barrel transforms the economics of climate change. Britain is facing a 1970s-style oil price shock that could cost the UK economy £45bn over two years, the climate and energy secretary, Chris Huhne, is expected to warn in his first...
Results of controversial 'fracking' for shale gas in UK will be kept secretGuardian Unlimited | 01 Mar 2011
The results of the first attempt to extract shale gas in the UK using a controversial technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", will be kept secret for four years, MPs were told on Tuesday. Cuadrilla Resources, a US private equity backed firm, told the energy and climate change...
High Court judge green lights legal challenge over deep sea oil drillingGreenpeace UK | 24 Feb 2011
A High Court Judge has given the green light to a far reaching legal challenge that will have significant implications for the oil industry. The High Court will now review Energy Secretary Chris Huhnes decision to grant oil drilling licenses in deep waters off the Scottish coast.
BP puts package of UK oil, gas assets on saleReuters | 22 Feb 2011
BP PLC plans to sell all its stakes in gas fields it operates in the southern North Sea, including the pipeline network and the Dimlington receiving terminal, by the end of 2011, the company said on Tuesday.
EU energy plan could cut CO2 by a quarter: draftReuters | 15 Feb 2011
Europe's new energy strategy could lead to a 25 percent cut in greenhouse gases by the end of this decade and could ultimately cut fuel import bills roughly in half, a draft strategy paper shows.
Forestry shows us what is wrong with UK politicsGuardian Unlimited | 04 Feb 2011
Though they are essential for our physical and spiritual wellbeing - locking away carbon, sustaining thousands of species, including our own, and providing pleasure and recreation – trees are under attack from all sides. We have known for years of the depredations of logging companies in the...
Mining is hotter than oilGuardian Unlimited | 03 Feb 2011
Thought Shell's cash flows were impressive? Wait until you see what the miners are doing. The price of copper touched $10,000 a tonne today. The cost of production for the likes of BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto is about $2,500. Similarly, some iron ore can be dug up at a cost of $20 a tonne in Australia. Freight costs are about $10 to China, where customers pay $160. Right now, mining is even hotter than oil.
Man pays £145,000 to settle toxic fuel bribe caseGuardian Unlimited | 25 Jan 2011
Paul Jennings had been accused of approving bribes to boost sales of toxic fuel additives. A British businessman will pay $229,000 (£145,000) to settle allegations that he authorised his company to pay multimillion-dollar bribes to Iraqi and Indonesian officials. Paul Jennings, chief executive of...
Police Ratcliffe smear campaign continuesGuardian Unlimited | 17 Jan 2011
The police are wrongly insisting that the planned shutdown of the power station would disrupt power and threaten lives. "What if more than 100 people gained access to one of the UK's largest coal-fired power stations, with the aim of closing it down for a week?" These carefully considered words,...
UK to review North Sea drilling rules after U.S. spillReuters | 12 Jan 2011
Britain said on Wednesday it would review its regulations covering offshore oil and gas drilling in the North Sea following the publication of a U.S. investigation into BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Weatherwatch: 1979, 'the winter of our discontent'Guardian Unlimited | 10 Jan 2011
On this day 32 years ago, a tanned Jim Callaghan, then the prime minister, gave an impromptu press conference at a freezing Heathrow on his return from a Caribbean summit. An unofficial strike by lorry drivers had halted petrol supplies and the country was almost at a standstill. Troops were on...
Greenpeace Takes Government to High Court to Halt Deep Water Oil DrillingGreenpeace UK | 12 Nov 2010
Greenpeace today dragged the Government into the High Court in London in a bid to stop offshore drilling in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Lawyers acting for the environmental group filed a claim at the Royal Courts of Justice this morning seeking a halt to the issuing of new licences for deep sea drilling until the causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion have been properly established. A hearing is expected in the coming weeks.
World should eradicate fossil fuel subsidies: IEAYahoo! News | 09 Nov 2010
Abolishing fossil fuel subsidies would boost the world's economy environment and energy security the International Energy Agency said on Tuesday referring to a pledge made by G20 countries.
E.ON shelves Kingsnorth plansGuardian Unlimited | 20 Oct 2010
Environmentalists claimed a victory over E.ON today when the German energy company confirmed it was shelving plans to build its Kingsnorth coal plant after years of protests. The company said it was pulling the project out of the government's competition to build the first of four planned large pilot plants to demonstrate technology for capturing and storing some of the carbon that would usually be emitted into the atmosphere.
Britain is growing greener at the expense of the rest of the world | Tony JuniperGuardian Unlimited | 16 Oct 2010
While we comfort ourselves with our conservation and recycling, we pollute other nations through our greed. The impending extinction of tigers, the melting icecaps and the ravaging of the rainforests are symptoms of an emerging global crisis. A new World Wildlife Fund report out maps its scale and concludes that if we don't change course by 2030, we will need a second Earth to meet our needs.