‘Keep it in the ground’ say East Yorkshire campaigners

Barry White

Fossil Free East Yorkshire has described plans to drill for oil and gas as ‘utter madness’ and has launched a campaign to stop proposals to exploit an estimated 189 billion cubic metres of gas and 31 million barrels of oil lying below countryside near the Yorkshire coast. Oil and gas extraction is already taking place near the village of West Newton, nine miles from the port of Hull.

Rathlin Energy, the company involved, has applied for planning permission to East Riding of Yorkshire Council, based in Beverley, to drill more wells, which opponents say will triple the size of the operation. A public consultation on the planning application is taking place and the council says that all comments received during the consultation period will be considered when preparing the report to go before planning committee.

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Channel 4 exposes ExxonMobil’s lobbying against climate change legislation

Barry White

A senior ExxonMobil lobbyist has been captured on camera revealing how the oil giant is using its power and influence to water down US climate legislation, yesterday’s Channel 4 News revealed (https://www.channel4.com/news/revealed-exxonmobils-lobbying-war-on-climate-change-legislation).

The recordings appear to reveal the secretive behind-the-scenes activities of a lobbyist for a company that claims in public to support the Paris climate agreement, while working against legislative attempts to tackle efforts to tackle climate change in the United States, the  undercover investigation by Unearthed has found (https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2021/06/30/exxon-climate-change-undercover/ ).

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Despite a court ruling you still can’t be sure of Shell

Last week in the Netherlands, a court ruled in favour of climate campaigners who had challenged Shell over the need to reduce its emissions by a much faster rate bringing it into line with Paris climate agreement. In the landmark case brought by Friends of the Earth and over 17,000 co-plaintiffs Royal Dutch Shell was told to cut its global carbon emissions by 45% by the end of 2030 compared with 2019 levels, a much faster rate than the company had proposed.

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Take action – Forests are not fuel

The UK’s single largest carbon emitter and the world’s biggest tree burner, Drax Plc, is planning to hold its Annual General Meeting in Northampton on the day before #EarthDay2021 at 11.30am on 21 April 2021. According to Biofuelwatch Drax Power Station burns pellets made from around 14 million tonnes of trees every year, and much of this wood is sourced from threatened forests in the Southern US, Canada and Estonia.

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