How some think tanks are backing fossil fuel dependency

Barry White

A recent article by openDemocracy, an independent UK based media platform, believes that a number of influential ‘right-wing’ UK think tanks with close access to government ministers have received millions in ‘dark money’ donations from the US. They report that while all the think tanks say they do not dispute the science on climate change, many are campaigning to increase the UK’s dependency on fossil fuels and deregulate energy markets in response to the cost of living crisis.

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Johnson in pursuit of £1bn for massive insulation scheme

Barry White

Money from the government’s public sector decarbonisation scheme could reportedly be diverted to a new programme according to recent press reports. The prime minister has reportedly asked ministers to find existing government schemes that could “lose” £1 billion in total funding in favour of insulation of low income households.

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MPs support grows for the Local Electricity Bill – but will it become law?

Barry White

As previously reported on the this web site a Local Electricity Bill has been promoted by the campaign group Power for People, to enable communities like ours to source local clean energy. This, in turn, would reduce the UK’s dependency on volatile gas imports.

Support for the bill is growing in Parliament with the backing of 306 MPs including 120 Conservatives and 118 Labour. UK Power Networks have also publicly backed the Bill with four distribution network operators supporting the measure.

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Anger at drilling decision in Surrey countryside

Barry White

The government has approved plans to drill for gas near an area of outstanding natural beauty in the Surrey countryside, provoking “fury and despair” from environmentalists, residents and the local MP Jeremy Hunt. Housing minister Stuart Andrew overruled local councils (including Surrey County Council), to agree drilling at Loxley well near Dunsfold (pictured), a 13th century village close to the A281 between Guildford (Surrey) and Horsham in West Sussex. Campaigners said the decision “makes a mockery” of government claims to be taking the climate crisis seriously and warned it would irreversibly damage the area.

The site is in the South West Surrey constituency of former health secretary Jeremy Hunt, who criticised the decision as “bitterly disappointing and wrong both economically and environmentally”.

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