Is the government about to approve the Cumbia coal mine?

Barry White

The week prime minister Johnson suggested that Britain should start mining and burning its own coal again, despite the climate emergency. He said it “makes no sense” for Britain to be importing coal from abroad for use in steelmaking “when we have our own domestic resources”.

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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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