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Did police criminalise first UK fracking protest to discourage later protest?

Guardian: “Most of the people arrested during a summer of demonstrations against fracking in the village of Balcombe have been acquitted, leading to accusations that police tactics in a £4m operation criminalised peacefulprotest.”… Read-more
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Eon handed record fine for mis-selling energy.

FT: “Eon has been ordered to hand back £12m to customers after the UK energy regulator found the German supplier had breached rules against mis-selling.”… Read-more
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UK National Grid targets corporate energy cuts to head off blackouts.

Guardian: “National grid is preparing to start talks over which future energy supplies could be cut off to some businesses between 4pm and 8pm in an attempt to head off a power crunch and blackouts this coming winter.”… Read-more
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UK government announces another crippling policy reversal on solar PV.

PVTech: The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has confirmed that it is planning to remove support for solar under the Renewable Obligation (RO) scheme from 1 April 2015.”… Read-more
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Huge opposition to change in UK trespass law for fracking under homes.

PA: “The government faces widespread opposition to plans to change trespass laws to allow shale gas companies to drill under homes without the owner’s permission, a poll has revealed.”… Read-more
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“America’s fracking fantasy.”

Jeremy Leggett column in Recharge magazine: “Neuroscientists have been enjoying an explosion of understanding of the human brain in recent years. Their research leads them to the view that we are “predictably irrational” in our thinking, individually and collectively. This is a sobering analysis that most of us will… Read-more
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UK’s DECC once again mulls risking solar defeat in jaws of victory.

Solar Power Portal: “The department of energy and climate change (DECC) is set to announce a review into the level of support offered to large-scale solar through the Renewable Obligation scheme, with a number of industry figures bracing themselves for the news.”… Read-more
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UK support for renewables remains unwaveringly high in DECC poll.

Solar Power Portal: “The UK public has shown consistent support for renewable energy in the third of a series of opinion surveys published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).”… Read-more
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Eight major UK renewable energy projects receive government backing.

Guardian: “….Five of the schemes are offshore windfarms, which the Conservative party plans to back in its general election manifesto over cheaper but more controversial onshore wind power.”… Read-more
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UK nuclear dump ‘virtually certain’ to be eroded by rising sea levels.

Guardian: “Britain’s nuclear dump is virtually certain to be eroded by rising sea levels and to contaminate the Cumbrian coast with large amounts of radioactive waste, according to an internal document released by theEnvironment Agency (EA).”… Read-more
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