Kingpins of denial

Barry White

Big Oil versus the World is the story of what the fossil fuel industry knew about climate change more than four decades ago but did their best to stop letting us know. In the first TV documentary shown (subtitled Denial) on BBC 2 at 9.00pm on 21 July, scientists who worked for the biggest oil company in the world, Exxon, reveal the warnings they sounded in the 1970s and early 1980s about how fossil fuels would cause climate change – with the catastrophic effects we are now experiencing. In summary it reveals the lies oil lobbyist told to undercut democracy, to delaying and even stopping action against global warming. Just watch the early warnings given in the late 1980s and then see how the oil industry and their lobbyists fought back, supported by odious ‘specialists in denial’ and funded by a coalition (The Global Climate Coalition) including the oil companies!

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Government’s Net Zero Strategy is inadequate and unlawful

The Good Law  Project

The Government’s strategy for getting to Net Zero is inadequate and unlawful, the High Court has found, following a successful legal challenge brought by Good Law Project, Joanna Wheatley, Client Earth and Friends of the Earth (details at: https://goodlawproject.org/news/we-won-net-zero/?utm_source=NB&utm_campaign=net%20zero%20win%20150722&utm_medium=email . The Climate Change Act requires the Government to hit Net Zero by 2050, to make proposals for how it will meet that target, and to place a report before Parliament.

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UK No 1 in electricity price rise chart

Barry White

New research undertaken by The Underfloor Heating Store shows that the UK tops the electricity price rise chart with a staggering increase of 129.1% over the last year (see: https://www.energylivenews.com/2022/07/06/uk-electricity-prices-soared-by-129-over-the-lastyear/#:~:text=Big%20Zero%20Report%202022&text=The%20UK%20has%20been%20hit,household%20electricity%20costs%20in%20Europe). The Czech Republic and the Netherlands followed with an increase of 121.6% and 108.5%.

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Jet Zero could mean more airport expansions

Group for Action on Leeds Bradford Airport (GALBA)

GALBA is concerned that the government is about to publish Jet Zero – a new strategy which, they claim, will decarbonise the aviation sector. For now, we have held off Leeds Bradford Airport’s plans to expand.  But if Jet Zero becomes enshrined in government policy – it will become so much harder for us, and other campaigners against airport expansion, to protect our communities and the climate. See The Guardian 16 May 2022 at: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/may/16/boris-johnson-jet-zero-plan-unrealistic-co2-targets-report

The launch of Jet Zero will take place at the Farnborough Air Show which tells you a lot about where the government’s loyalties lie!

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