Climate and Energy

What is fracking?

Diagram showing J shaped borehole from surface through layers of aquifers and impervious rock down to the gas bearing shale rock. Fractures in the shale rock allows gas escapes to surface

Tell Cameron to say no to fracking

The fracking word is a dirty word

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The Government is worried. Despite its strong promotion of fracking, local opposition just keeps on growing.

David Cameron has announced he's going "all out for shale", and is offering yet more money to councils as a sweetener to accept this dirty fossil fuel.

Donate to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan

People walking past wreckage and felled trees

An estimated 10,000 people are feared to have been killed by Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced and as many as 10 million affected. The survivor's most urgent needs are for water, food and shelter.

Tell the Peers to vote for clean energy

Peers standing in front of the House of Lords with a sign saying vote for clean power

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George Osborne wants massive tax breaks for fracking and the relaxation of planning rules.

When the Energy Bill was in the House of Commons, huge numbers of emails, letters, meetings & phone calls from people supporting a a clean power target convinced a group of Government MPs to rebel. The amendment was rejected by just a few votes.

No fracking in Wales rally

Stop fracking campaign logo

National Assembly, Cardiff. Tuesday 24 September 12pm - 2.30pm

The UK Government is selling licences that would allow fracking companies to drill exploritory wells in many areas of Wales. This includes the Cardiff area.

There is evidence from the United States, Australia and elsewhere that fracking operations:

Frac sand mining

Fracking campaign logo

Fracking has been in the news a lot, but there is one part of the process that hasn't yet been scrutinized - frac sand.

Help end fuel poverty

Workman insulating a house wall

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Earlier this year thousands of our supporters signed our petition demanding an end to the scandal of cold homes.

In sunny weather it’s easy to forget the harsh winters we have. Every year 4.5 million households can't afford to heat their homes properly.

Help end cold homes

Elderly woman warming herself by the fire

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This year just 245 households have taken out the Government's Green Deal energy efficiency loan. This confirms our view that the Green Deal is completely inadequate to fix cold homes and climate change. But there is a solution.

Even if people's interest picks up the insulation rates would be too slow to meet climate targets.

Energy Bill clean power vote

Wind turbines by the sea.

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On Monday MPs from all political parties voted to add a target of clean power by 2030 to the Energy Bill. But sadly not enough of them.

We are disappointed that the Lib Dem leadership failed to stand by the climate change commitments in their manifesto. Instead they decided to back George Osborne's expensive and polluting dash for gas.

Tell your MP to back clean energy

Workmen installing a solar panel on a roof

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MPs will vote on the clean power target in the Energy Bill on 3 June. This would cut carbon emissions and create thousands of new jobs in the renewable energy sector.

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