A peer is seeking to change the law to ban fracking and the licensing of oil and gas exploration. The measures were part of a private members bill, introduced this week by the Liberal Democrat, Baroness Sheehan. Her Petroleum (Amendment) Bill was published and given its routine first reading in the House of Lords. The bill seeks to prohibit onshore hydraulic fracturing across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. There is currently a temporary moratorium on fracking in England, issued by the UK government in November 2019. A minister said this week “The Government have no plans to revoke the moratorium on shale gas extraction”. Baroness Sheehan’s measures would introduce a new section into the 1998 Petroleum Act.
Drill or Drop 17th Jan 2020 read more »
The doctors are worried about the climate emergency. In recent days the UK’s Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has announced it’s halting investments in climate-changing fossil fuel and mining companies. The RCP, the British doctors’ professional body dedicated to improving the practice of medicine, which has funds in global stock markets amounting to nearly £50 million (US$65m), says it will start divesting immediately from the worst-polluting oil and gas companies, which are mainly in the US. As part of a phased disinvestment policy the RCP – the oldest medical college in England, with more than 35,000 members – says that within the next three years all investments in fossil fuel companies not aligned with the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change will be withdrawn.
Climate News Network 17th Jan 2020 read more »
Natural gas, because it’s low-carbon, is being used as a bridge fuel away from the old fossil fuel world. But there are two main problems. The infrastructure leaks methane (the main component of the gas) which is 25 times more potent than CO2 over a 100-year period (and 86 times over a 20-year period!). And, crucially, nobody is properly measuring those leaks.
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