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December 3 News: More Than 60 Percent Of British Countryside Could Be Opened Up For Fracking

By Stephen Lacey on December 3, 2012 at 7:58 am

"December 3 News: More Than 60 Percent Of British Countryside Could Be Opened Up For Fracking"

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More than 60 per cent of the British countryside could be exploited for shale gas, government documents show, as ministers prepare to give the go-ahead for developing the country’s most significant new energy source since North Sea oil. [The Independent]

As leaders in Washington obsess about the fiscal cliff, President Barack Obama is putting in place the building blocks for a climate treaty requiring the first fossil-fuel emissions cuts from both the U.S. and China. [Detroit Free Press]

It’s a decision President Barack Obama put off during the 2012 campaign, but now that he’s won a second term, his next move on a proposed oil pipeline between the U.S. and Canada may signal how he will deal with climate and energy issues in the four years ahead. [Washington Post]

As of Friday, particulate pollution in North Pole was worse than in Beijing, which is notorious for chronic air pollution, a Fairbanks newspaper columnist reported, although Reuters was unable to verify the claim independently. [Reuters]

City officials estimate at least 12,000 New Yorkers are trying to survive in unheated, flood-damaged homes, despite warnings that dropping temperatures could pose a health risk. [Associated Press]

Over the past three years, the United States has ratcheted up support for foreign countries to cope with global warming, spending nearly $1.4 billion. [Washington Post]

A group of GOP House energy leaders advised Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to exercise caution in a possible study on the health impacts of natural-gas drilling. [The Hill]

Some Texas lakes — including Lake Buchanan, one of the key reservoirs for Central Texas — have lost more than 10 percent of their capacity since they were built. Statewide, Texas reservoirs have lost millions of acre-feet of capacity. [The Statesman]

Brazil has said a row over carbon credits could derail the United Nations climate change negotiations taking place in Qatar this week. [Guardian]

Recent studies indicate that assumptions about plants’ and soils’ capacity in the so-called “carbon cycle” may be overly optimistic. If these studies are correct, even bigger cuts in greenhouse gas emissions will be needed to prevent drastic, irreparable climate shifts. [InsideClimate News]

 

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14 Responses to December 3 News: More Than 60 Percent Of British Countryside Could Be Opened Up For Fracking

  1. Superman1 says:

    News like the British expansion of fracking gives me the following image. A chain smoker has been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. Since there is little hope for survival, he decides to increase his smoking from two packs a day to three, since there is no hope in either case. Maybe the politicians are smarter than we think, and understand only too well the bind we are in. Maybe they are re-creating the playing of the band as the Titanic slowly sinks to the bottom.

    • Keith says:

      On the other hand many homes in England use gas for heating, cooking and water heating. Until that infrastructure is changed, Britain needs gas, much of which is now imported (it used to be derived from coal).

      The real challenge is for politicians to abandon willful ignorance and also endorse steps beyond extending the use of fossil fuels, seeing their use as interim only.

  2. prokaryotes says:

    “The Greenest Government ever…”

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      A cynical PR lie from the very beginning, with the Rightwing MSM utterly complicit in peddling it. Now Cameron is paying them back by gutting the already pitiful Levenson recommendations, meaning that the Rightwing MSM propaganda machine, so vital to elite dominance, remains untouched, as ever.

  3. prokaryotes says:

    Some people seriously considering an exist strategy to abandon the sinking ship
    http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/12/private-manned-mission/

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      Most of the elite plan to hunker down and ride out the catastrophe with their wealth intact, if not enhanced. They are dumb as well as insatiably greedy and genocidal.

      • prokaryotes says:

        Yes, that is the only explanation why there is still inaction. Though it seems some people think it is nice to sit inside a PETM shelter, while the rest of the world burns and all the destruction may sent radioactive fallout around the globe. And then a few decades later a major earthquake/volcano or some virus or simply water shortage and the shelter is gone and with it all of humanity. That’s how i imagine how the “we ride it out” scenario, plays out.

  4. prokaryotes says:

    Washington, D.C. sets new December 3 record high, soars to 71 degrees http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang#

  5. Ozonator says:

    We are currently dumping our AGW rain on Wales. With their fracking help, we can export AGW quakes.