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An alternative speech on energy (and a quick Hello Goodbye)

Posted by bex — 6 February 2008 at 3:04pm - Comments

Conference organiser and climate campaigner meet

Climate campaigner talks to the coal conference organiser

Update: Now with video.

Well, it's all been going on at our barricade of the government / coal industry shindig. This morning, an interested - and vaguely familiar looking - passer-by stopped to have a chinwag with with the volunteers chained to the barricades. After a 10 minute chat about climate change, coal, and climate change's impacts on disease migration, the passer-by wished everyone luck and wandered off.

Heathrow consultation - have your say

Posted by jossc — 6 February 2008 at 12:31pm - Comments

There's still time to let the government know how you feel about BAA's plans to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport, but the consultation process end on the 27th February so time is running out. If you live in London you can make your voice heard at the public meetings listed below.

Make cars greener says ex-Shell boss

Posted by jamie — 6 February 2008 at 11:48am - Comments

As one fossil fuel giant sidelines its alternative energy projects and invests in even more damaging technologies such as tar sands, the former head of another multinational has made some startling demands vis a vis car efficiency. To all intents and purposes, Sir Mark Moody-Stuart- ex-chairmen of Shell - wants to see all gas guzzlers banned.

Expanding on a column he wrote for the BBC website, Sir Mark said that the EU should bring in a minimum standard of 35 miles per gallon (mpg). "Nobody needs a car that does 10-15mpg," he said. "We need very tough regulation saying that you can't drive or build something less than a certain standard. You would be allowed to drive an Aston Martin - but only if it did 50-60mpg."

Greenpeace blockades government / coal industry love-in

Posted by bex — 6 February 2008 at 9:33am - Comments

Coal UK: cancelled due to climate change

Coal UK: cancelled due to climate change

This morning, energy minister Malcolm Wicks made his way to Lord's Cricket ground in London to deliver the opening speech for the coal industry's annual shindig.

He was expecting, we assume, to evangelise on the glorious future of coal in the UK, to the rapt and thunderous applause of his chums in the industry.

He probably wasn't expecting to find two metre fences blocking four of the entrances to the industry-government love-in, complete with climate change campaigners chained to the barricades.

BP is 'back to petroleum'

Posted by tracy — 5 February 2008 at 4:14pm - Comments

tar sands in northern Alberta
Tar sands in northern Alberta

A few years ago, BP spent about US$200 million to rebrand the company as beyond petroleum - to convince us that the company was going green, investing in renewable energy, and cared about climate change.

Statements by former Group CEO Lord John Browne called for research into the effects of his industry on climate change, and effectively got the company blackballed by the American Petroleum Institute.

Planning problems leave UK suffering from 'trapped wind'

Posted by james — 5 February 2008 at 1:05pm - Comments

Wind turbines under construction in Denmark

Wind turbines - not enough are being built

As the Financial Times pointed out yesterday, the UK has one of the most inefficient systems for subsidising renewable energy in the whole of Europe. Here we use a mechanism called - snappily – the renewables obligation. Like a compulsory visit to the mother-in-law on her birthday, the renewables obligation requires every power company in the land to produce a certain proportion of their energy from renewable sources like wind, wave and tidal power. Those that produce more than their allocated amount can sell credits to those that have come up short. So far, so good.

Clean grafitti hits London streets

Posted by jossc — 4 February 2008 at 4:07pm - Comments

Stop Heathrow: clean graffitti on Defra's doorstep

Anti-Heathrow expansion activists were out and about at the weekend keeping up the pressure on the government to think again about plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport. This time they took to the streets - literally - to get the message across, using a new method called 'clean grafitti'.

Taking a cue from the "wash me" messages scrawled on the back of delivery trucks, clean (or reverse) graffiti uses high-pressure steam to imprint images on dirty walls and pavements.

Deep Green: Ecology? Look it up! You’re involved

Posted by bex — 1 February 2008 at 2:46pm - Comments

Deep Green - Rex Weyler

With reflections on the roots of activism, environmentalism, and Greenpeace’s past, present, and future, here's Rex Weyler - author, photographer, ecologist, Greenpeace International co-founder and long-time trouble-maker. Read it, share it and, if you enjoy it as much as I do, sign up to get the column by email every month. Over to Rex Weyler:

When the first Greenpeace boat sailed across the Gulf of Alaska in 1971 toward the U.S. nuclear test site in the Aleutian Islands, the crew and their supporters in Canada had no idea that the campaign would launch a global organization. Irving Stowe, Quaker leader of the Don’t Make a Wave Committee that launched the campaign, belonged to a dozen such groups and believed that after a campaign the group should disband. His idea of keeping things simple and grassroots has merit, but as we know, that’s not how things turned out.

Weekly green web: shiny crops and crematoriums

Posted by jamie — 1 February 2008 at 12:36pm - Comments

It's Friday: time to slow down a bit and do a bit of surfing. There's plenty of green stuff out there on the web to compete with the best time-wasting games, videos and sites (aah, dancing hamsters - remember those?). There are also the bizarre stories that have me shaking my head in wonder and disbelief, those plans to save the planet that you know will never work. Or maybe they just might...

This is the start of a (hopefully) weekly blog* to publicise the best of the weird and wonderful stuff that clutters up our inboxes. We're open to suggestions, so drop us a line.

(* although we reserve the right to skip a week if we're pushed for time.)

Coal giant dictates government climate policy

Posted by bex — 31 January 2008 at 8:50pm - Comments

One email, four words and six minutes: that’s how long it took for the government to reverse its energy policy and trash our chances of meeting our climate change targets.

We’ve got our mitts on some government documents which show how a single angry email from E.on destroyed a central pillar of the government’s energy policy in just a few minutes.

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