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Thanks to the anti-fracking lobby, Britain can’t avoid Russian gas

March 15, 2018

By Paul Homewood


Gee, thanks Greenpeace and your useful idiot Nimbys:

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Who stands between the government and a proper, effective sanctions regime against Russia? Not Jeremy Corbyn, though he might wish he could. Putin is going to get away with the Salisbury attack, suffering little more than a token expulsion of diplomats, thanks to anti-fracking protesters. They didn’t mean it, of course. When they stood before the bulldozers in the Sussex village Balcombe, jumped up and down about mini-Earth tremors in Lancashire they thought they were doing the Earth a favour. They saw UK-produced shale gas as a dirty alternative to clean, carbon-free energy. But they were wrong. In the short to medium term at least the alternative to UK-produced shale gas was imported gas, an increasing proportion of which comes from Russia.

Anyone surveying the wind turbines and solar panels sprouting across the British countryside could be forgiven for thinking that we are rapidly building self-sufficiency in energy – and clean energy at that. But it isn’t true. By far the bigger story is the decline in North Sea oil and gas production, which has taken up back to a level of energy-dependence last seen in the mid 1970s. As recently as 1999, the UK was producing 20 per cent more energy than it consumed. But the last year we enjoyed energy self-dependence was in 2003. By 2015, a net 38 per cent of energy consumed here was imported.

As for gas, which accounts for just under 40 per cent of total energy consumed in Britain, 43 per cent currently comes from UK production, 44 per cent comes from European pipelines (of which a third is ultimately supplied by Russia). The remaining 13 per cent is imported in the form of liquified natural gas (LNG) – either from Qatar, the US or, since of this year, the Yamal LNG project in Russia’s Arctic. Putin’s sale of this gas to the UK, when Russia is still under EU sanctions following the annexation of Crimea, is something of a PR coup for him. It sends the message that however much we would like to retaliate against him economically, we are constrained by our dependence on Russian energy.

It could have been different had the UK’s shale gas industry been properly supported. Instead, it was put at the mercy of Lancashire councillors and the anti-fracking lobby was left to win public support largely unchallenged. The result is that the government’s tough words against Putin cannot be followed up by action which would genuinely hurt him. For the anti-fracking lobby it is a prime lesson in the law of unintended consequences.


At the risk of repeating myself yet again, let us remind ourselves just how much we rely on fossil fuels, and how little on renewable energy:



Wind/Solar/ Hydro still only supply 2% of the UK’s energy consumption. And that pathetic 2% is not in a reliable enough form to be anything other than “extremely expensive energy noise”.

For the foreseeable future, and no doubt well beyond that, little will change.

As for gas, which accounts for just under 40 per cent of total energy consumed in Britain, 43 per cent currently comes from UK production, 44 per cent comes from European pipelines (of which a third is ultimately supplied by Russia). The remaining 13 per cent is imported in the form of liquified natural gas (LNG) – either from Qatar, the US or, since of this year, the Yamal LNG project in Russia’s Arctic. Putin’s sale of this gas to the UK, when Russia is still under EU sanctions following the annexation of Crimea, is something of a PR coup for him. It sends the message that however much we would like to retaliate against him economically, we are constrained by our dependence on Russian energy.

It could have been different had the UK’s shale gas industry been properly supported. Instead, it was put at the mercy of Lancashire councillors and the anti-fracking lobby was left to win public support largely unchallenged. The result is that the government’s tough words against Putin cannot be followed up by action which would genuinely hurt him. For the anti-fracking lobby it is a prime lesson in the law of unintended consequences.

  1. Harry Passfield permalink
    March 15, 2018 8:33 pm

    On BBC’s Daily Politics yesterday they had a Professor (forget his name) who said that Russian gas was but 5% over the year. He reckoned it was easy to make up for if they withdrew it. That said, assuming it’s true, I still wish we could become self-sufficient with our own shale gas. That and fully-efficient CCG power stations. Instead of bloody windmills!

    • Joe Public permalink
      March 15, 2018 8:45 pm

      “On BBC’s Daily Politics yesterday they had a Professor (forget his name) who said that Russian gas was but 5% over the year. ”

      Russia supplies 35% of Europe’s gas, and 44% of GB’s gas comes from Europe.

      Consequently approx 15% of our gas comes from Russia.

      We can also see Gazprom exports and Europe dependency from the 2017 Oxford Institute for Energy Studies presentation ‘European gas markets: Key trends’ –

      Click to access European-Gas-Markets-Key-Trends.pdf

      • quaesoveritas permalink
        March 16, 2018 8:08 am

        Those were the figures quoted on the BBC R4 report which I heard.

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        March 17, 2018 4:08 pm

        That’s simply not true. Gas can only flow in the direction that a pipeline operates. There is no forward flow from the Russian pipeline to the BBL and Zeebrugge interconnectors.

        Our Russian gas imports are limited to LNG.

      • Geoffrey Williams permalink
        March 18, 2018 8:14 am

        Right Joe 15% gas is too much to forgo at present . .

    • Ben Vorlich permalink
      March 15, 2018 10:31 pm

      Wilkins Micawber Applies

      Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen [pounds] nineteen [shillings] and six [pence], result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.

  2. Joe Public permalink
    March 15, 2018 8:36 pm

    Friends of the Earth deliberately misled the public; got their knuckles rapped for doing so; then lied claiming they’d NOT been admonished.

  3. MrGrimNasty permalink
    March 15, 2018 8:45 pm

    Doesn’t really cover the fact that Russia has been running a heavy anti-fracking propaganda/dis-information campaign and funding it in some ways.

    In fact the anti-fracking incitement is the most flagrant and irrefutable ‘Russian meddling’ in western politics.

    Largely ignored by the BBC of course, along with the sexual behaviour of the former IPCC head.

    Odd given that Russian troll farms/interference and female harassment/assault are by far the 2 hottest topics of the current times.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      March 16, 2018 11:28 am

      Politics or economics? The reason for Russia supporting anti-fracking groups is to reduce competition to their own gas industry. The Saudis have been oil dumping for the same reason. So it is not political but economic. Trump promised to make full use of US energy resources and yet apparently the media and Democrats believe the Russians helped him win. But then the media these days mainly consists of ignorant morons.

      • March 16, 2018 11:37 am

        The media and the Democrats are one in the same here right now. Actually most of them know the hoax rabbit trail they are following.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      March 17, 2018 11:09 pm

      I’d say the BBC are complicit in anti fracking propaganda, using misleading graphics and selectively reporting on studies that are often later discredited (a fact they ignore).

  4. Ardy permalink
    March 15, 2018 8:45 pm

    Wait! I hear the pounding hooves of the Donald on his trusty steed LeaP-to-Gallop coming to the rescue of the UK.

    • Bloke down the pub permalink
      March 16, 2018 10:29 am

      On twitter yesterday, I saw a page from AIS shiptracker showing an American LPG carrier that was sailing SE across the Atlantic, do a sharp left and head towards the UK at about the time Theresa May was announcing her plans. Sorry, I can’t remember the name of the ship, but I’m pretty certain that it would’ve been no coincidence.

    • March 16, 2018 11:46 am

      As I have stated on another posting, West Virginia is awash in natural gas as well as coal. We finally have 2 major pipelines being constructed. Both the one going east and the one going south will connect with other pipelines which can deliver gas to Norfolk, VA to a port for shipping..

      Being under the thumb of an unfriendly, is never a good thing. Better oust your anti-fracking folks. Donald Trump is also encouraging the restarting of the steel industry. As he says, it is a national security situation. Also, much of the foreign steel coming in was inferior. A relatively new coal power plant near me, Longview, had to replace a lot of their steel as it was deteriorating rapidly.

  5. March 15, 2018 9:08 pm

    I was reading earlier today that Russia supplied 50% of our imported coal (2016 figures). Considering that we import approx 70-75% of the coal used for electricity generation that means we potentially rely on Russia for a far larger proportion of our energy production than the 5% quoted for gas. Maybe as much as 30%!

    • March 16, 2018 10:23 am

      They also supply a high proportion of our imported Biomass fuel. Around Christmas, the only Biomass fuel available was Russian in origin.

      • March 16, 2018 11:47 am

        Who does not see a problem there? Putin was and is KGB. That is not a nice bunch.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      March 18, 2018 12:00 am

      Our energy imports from Russia are dominated by diesel oil (£1.86bn worth in 2017), followed by crude oil (£0.95bn), with coal a distant third at £0.24bn. The overall total was £3.18bn worth of energy products. Overall, Norway dominates our energy imports with £9.27bn of crude oil, £6.71bn of gas, and a total of £16.22bn overall.

    • March 18, 2018 8:24 am

      That sounds right muddy, people are just unaware of the facts on UK energy matters.
      The luny green left has succeeded in brainwashing a whole generation on climate change.
      Consequently supply of electricity is on a knife edge and prices have doubled and tripled.

  6. Ian Phillips permalink
    March 15, 2018 9:41 pm

    Aren’t we all getting a little ahead of ourselves here? There is no conclusive proof that Russia initiated this attack. So I can’t see the point of generating an international crisis over this…..unless, of course, there is another reason behind the scenes. With Brexit getting closer every day, it would be very convenient if those who wish to thwart it found a way of frightening the public into wanting to stay closer to the EU “for security”……….. an overreacting government may nicely dig the grave of Brexit if this “Russian Threat” (invented, by the way at the end of the 19th Century, dusted off and brought out every so often to divert opinion away from the real issue) is allowed to build.

    • BLACK PEARL permalink
      March 15, 2018 9:55 pm

      That thought crossed my mind as well … hope I’m wrong in even concidering this

    • Dave Ward permalink
      March 15, 2018 10:11 pm

      “There is no conclusive proof that Russia initiated this attack”

      One of the news reports I’ve seen this week pointed out that “Novichok” – the nerve agent the UK authorities have said was involved – was cleverly developed so as to be easily made from common ingredients. So whilst I think it more than likely that Russia was behind the Salisbury attack, there is always the outside chance it was someone else, intent on stirring up a major diplomatic incident. In which case they must be feeling very smug at at the moment…

      • catweazle666 permalink
        March 16, 2018 12:06 am

        “was cleverly developed so as to be easily made from common ingredients”

        Organophosphorus compounds as used in many common pesticides are excellent precursors for chemical weapons, any half-competent organic chemist with access to an average chemical laboratory can produce a very respectable quantity of nerve gas from a bottle of sheep dip, or even a can of fly spray, come to that.

      • Silver Dynamite permalink
        March 16, 2018 8:46 am

        Putin’s Russia is a malign, rogue state. There is no doubt about state sponsored muders of reporters and opposition activists. There is no doubt about its illegal invasions of Ukraine. There is no doubt about about its interference in the elections in western democracies. There is no doubt about its bombing innocent civilians in Syria and elsewhere.
        The only way to hurt the evil people in Putin’s circle is to do everything possible to reduce imports of Russian fossil fuels.
        Unfortunately, the stupidity of Merkel (again) and our virtue signalling elitist fools, makes this very difficult.

      • Ben Mietes permalink
        March 16, 2018 6:18 pm

        Silver Dynamite beleves also the Tonkin incident and the Collin Powel UN lies!

      • bob permalink
        March 17, 2018 12:40 am

        Silver dynamite obviously also believes there is no doubt that mankind cause all climate change and there’s no doubt the earth is flat! Best he reads something other than comics.

      • Silver Dynamite permalink
        March 17, 2018 11:49 am

        Silver Dynamite believes that there is no man made Global Warming, that the earth is not flat, and he knows how to spell Colin Powell.

      • March 17, 2018 12:25 pm

        The Nerve Agent was a secret project developed in Uzbekistan circa 1986 which poisoned the chief scientist in an accident in 1987 from which he died 5 years later, The laboratory was dismantled by the US in the 90’s at which point we do not have a known manufacturer but we certainly have equipment and know how exported into the UN and US and any chemist worldwide can manufacture the toxin from the formulae on record, the US had all the equipment, the UN inspectors made the manufacturing method known in their reports and former Soviet Scientists would have been for hire after 1991.

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      March 15, 2018 10:49 pm

      No reason this would persuade anyone to undo Brexit, a conspiracy theory stretch too far.

      There is however a niggling feeling mischief rather than Putin may be afoot.

      The claims that only a Russian government facility could have produced it is clearly rubbish, and May may have acted in undue haste.

    • dennisambler permalink
      March 16, 2018 8:31 am

      My thoughts exactly. So convenient.

    • March 16, 2018 8:43 am

      I doubt Putin had any direct involvement but suspect he is aware of who was involved. Maybe the PM’s accusations were intended to persuade Putin to give up his intel? Not sure he is the sort of character to be too worried about anything our ‘weak and unstable’ PM says.

      I don’t think this would prevent Brexit. If anything I think several European countries will be glad to see Britain out of EU so they can push for sanctions with Russia to be lifted, boost their own trade with Russia and also take advantage from the UK’s potential loss of billions of pounds of Russian trade.

    • Robert Jones permalink
      March 16, 2018 10:47 am

      Don’t look for a conspiracy unless the facts require it. The poison attack in Salisbury is just one more case of Russian illegal activity in the UK ranging from cyber interference, RT propaganda, suborning MPs, political espionage and assassination within the last few years.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      March 16, 2018 11:39 am

      Correct. Everything May said was untrue. Competent research would have shown this but then Brexit has shown that competent research by government and the media no longer exists in the UK. The ‘evidence’ May has put out would get thrown out of a court of law in seconds. The novichuk was most likely made by the Soviet Union since it is a binary product with a long shelf life. It was almost certainly not made in Russia but in what is now Uzbekistan. With the end of the Soviet Union chaos reigned in the former states and anybody could have helped themselves to some before the Uzbekis got organised and eventually asked the US to sort out the factory. Does anyone really believe that the FSB are so incompetent at killing people to have made such a high profile mess as this? I think not, so you are looking at amateurs. It could even be a western group trying to hurt relations. Or a group trying to gain favour with Putin but I think they have backfired badly on that score. Or it could be a Putin plan deliberately botched to have the UK hound Russians here and force them out taking their wealth with them, which Putin has wanted for the last 5 years knowing how May would deliver this to a tee. As for May and the lame legacy media, anything to avoid the Brexit crisis that will occur next Friday.

      • waterside4 permalink
        March 16, 2018 1:56 pm

        It should be noted that there are elections (for what they are worth) coming up in Russia soon. Would this sort of scandal not be hurtful to Putin and help his opponents ?
        It also appears that it is possible to buy a handbook online to make up thIs chemical.
        When you see our government turning away three speakers because of their alleged right wing views last week – then we really are in Orwellian land.
        Who needs conspiracy theories?

    • March 16, 2018 11:53 am

      These days, Russia is into causing division and destabilization. For example is has come to light that, following the election, Russia was behind the “Trump is Not My President” march in New York City to Trump Tower to “protest.” I know a woman whose grandchildren were a part of it as she boasted about the fact. She and her husband were arrested in the ’60’s and her children also protest. Three wasted generations. I laughed when it was announced that her little darlings had been duped in the at anti-Trump march. They also will back the opposite on the same day. Cause chaos and division. They were behind the ’60’s stuff and Clinton went to Moscow while pretending to be a Rhodes’ Scholar.

    • bob permalink
      March 17, 2018 1:07 am

      Correct. Where’s the evidence? We have hysteria and pompous pronouncements but not one shred of evidence has yet been presented to support the Govts russophobia. No-on e has verified the claims of UK secret intel services SIS. Just as no-one could verify UK SIS claims that Iraq had nuclear weapons and chemical weapons primed to launch in 2003. The UK Prime Minister lied to parliament, the public and the world, together with the proven liars in UK SIS. Why should we believe these people now when they have refused all requests to present evidence? Sounds like ‘the science is settled!’, take my word and dont verify with evidence. Paul you should be ashamed of falling for these claims without evidence. ‘Putin is going to get away with the Salisbury attack’ was a stupid statement based on no evidence.
      Many nations have Novichok with the nearest stockpile to Salisbury being less than 40mins away at porton Down (coincidence??). The UK, USA and Israel all have it, and if you follow the money, they all profit from this drama more than Russia. The attack is very much in line with Mossad mode of OPs. Israel is well pissed that Russia has thwarted their campaign to splinter Syria. They cant attack russia in Syria but they can attack Russia through dirty tricks else where. Who is profiting from all this, not Russia, but look to the West and behold those dancing with glee … Remain sceptical

      1) There are reasons to doubt that these compounds are military grade nerve agents or that a Russian “Novichok” programme ever existed. If they were potentially usable as chemical weapons, people on the OPCW Scientific Advisory Board who were in a position to know the properties of these compounds would have recommended that they be added to the list of Scheduled Chemicals. They have never been added. Journalists who wish to investigate this could start by asking members of the Scientific Advisory Board for 2013, who are listed in the Appendix of this document (page 14).

      Click to access sab-20-01_e_.pdf

      2) Synthesis at bench scale of organic chemicals such as the purported “Novichoks” is within the capability of a modern chemistry laboratory. Porton Down itself must have been able to synthesize these compounds in order to develop tests for them. The detection of such a compound does not establish Russian origin.

      In a review by Dr Robin Black, who was until recently head of the detection laboratory at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Porton Down) he states ‘In recent years, there has been much speculation that a fourth generation of nerve agents, ‘Novichoks’ (newcomer), was developed in Russia, beginning in the 1970s as part of the ‘Foliant’ programme, with the aim of finding agents that would compromise defensive countermeasures. Information on these compounds has been sparse in the public domain, mostly originating from a dissident Russian military chemist, Vil Mirzayanov. No independent confirmation of the structures or the properties of such compounds has been published.’ (Black, 2016)

      The OPCW’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) appeared to doubt the existence of “Novichoks”, and did not advise that the compounds described by Mirzayanov, or their precursors, should be designated as Scheduled Chemicals that should be controlled under the Chemical Weapons Convention

      Remain sceptical

      • Silver Dynamite permalink
        March 17, 2018 12:03 pm

        I wonder if “Bob” is one of the 23 awaiting expulsion.

    • Hugs permalink
      March 17, 2018 8:09 pm

      Skripal was murdered / vegetized by Putin’s orders. It is a fairly logical conclusion thinking what other options are. They use weapons like polonium to underline the fact how they are murderers from the state, not common stabbers or shooters.

      That Russian trolls jump in and try to divert this very discussion is natural. None had a real motive to kill Skripal, but FSB wanted to make him an example. That he was convicted and later freed, was just a pre-theatre. They knew they could use his daughter to kill him.

      The only takeaway is: Putin ( and his KGB) are cruel killers and he wants his agents to know that.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      March 18, 2018 12:22 am

      The EU offers no security against Russia. It has no significant armed forces, and it is far more beholden than the UK to importing energy from Russia, while being happy to stir the pot over the Ukraine instead of trying to work out a sensible solution that recognises that the breakup of the Soviet Union left awkward disconnects and divides behind there. The risk is that the EU will seek the protection of the US and if it still has anything left in its largely dismantled armed forces, the UK if the going gets tough. There isn’t a scintilla of support for such a theory. Besides, May has already given away so much to the EU without generating any significant protest. If she gives away any more, we will be so clearly better to leave and leave the “deal” on the table that she would have lost the soft Brexit game.

  7. Dave Ward permalink
    March 15, 2018 10:04 pm

    “Who stands between the government and a proper, effective sanctions regime against Russia? Not Jeremy Corbyn”

    They got that right…

  8. March 15, 2018 11:47 pm

    Surely, an innocent Russian administration would have offered all possible help to find the perpetrator. Even if Mr Putin did not instigate this act of war, he seems quite content with the result.

    • bob permalink
      March 17, 2018 12:44 am

      Russia did offer all possible help right at the start. This was refused by the UK who then started hurling abuse.

    • March 17, 2018 12:16 pm

      Russia has its own politics, consider that March 18th is an election day.

  9. RAH permalink
    March 16, 2018 12:23 am

    “For the anti-fracking lobby it is a prime lesson in the law of unintended consequences”
    I’m sure Russia is meddling in the UKs affairs as they have been here. Inciting and supporting the mostly clueless to protest any measures that would lead to true energy independence. Without gas and petroleum sales Russia’s economy, already a bad, would be a basket case. And Putin’s KGB roots should never be forgotten.

  10. Athelstan permalink
    March 16, 2018 1:36 am

    Green pressure group Friends of the Earth is preparing a bitter legal battle to try to block Britain’s trillion-pound shale gas bonanza.

    It wants to prevent any exploitation of this vast new reserve of cheap, clean energy forever and is already fighting to stop all exploratory test drilling.

    But an investigation by The Mail on Sunday suggests that the group’s campaign is based on alarmism, spreading highly misleading claims about shale gas’s supposed dangers.

    Last week the organisation issued an ‘action guide’ for activists, advising them how to stop shale gas extraction – known as ‘fracking’ – by manipulating the planning system.

    It leaves no doubt as to its purpose: ‘The ultimate aim of our fracking campaign is that we stop it!’

    Of course it will be a joint effort the FoE will be the frontispiece.

    in the background it’s not just the Russkies though is it, Berlin doesn’t want Britain to frack, neither do the French Nuclear industry, nor do this lot and where the satraps go so does big brotherhood in Riyyadh.

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      March 16, 2018 12:05 pm

      I sense a touch of paranoia creeping in here, Athelstan …

      Russia would certainly back our “watermelons”, probably whatever disruption they were about though maybe not if they were actually in favour of fracking! As it happens there is a confluence if interest here and I would be mightily surprised if some financing was not finding its way from Russian coffers into those of our enviro-activists.

      France don’t give a stuff whether we frack or not as long as they don’t have to. One of Macron’s major errors, which will come home to bite him, is the appointment of a known enviro-activist to the energy portfolio. The French nuclear industry has enough on its plate trying to fend off his plans to reduce nuclear generation to 50% of demand. And he has enough on his plate trying to replace all the “Éolienne? Non, merci” signs all over France with about the same number of éoliennes which is what he will need to replace his nuclear stations with.

      Forget Germany and the Arabs. We’re not that significant in their eyes. But energy independence is going to be increasingly important post-Brexit and the government needs to take a very firm stand and it also needs really, really, seriously to counter the green propaganda.

      The democratic right to protest does not extend to a democratic right to demand that a nation commit economic suicide which is what the greenies are aiming for.

    • March 16, 2018 12:53 pm

      Bet you a cookie, that Friends of the Earth is one of George Soros’ little pets. These globalists rely on the ill-informed to promote their scam. I did a little google on it, but could not get beyond their own sites to anything which resembles facts.

      I recommend a search of David Horowitz’s site: where every major aspect of society is made a seemingly separate entity with foundations, etc, but it all goes back to Soros and his globalist funding acolytes. The Clintons were a part of founding this mess in 2000 under the name Thunder Road. The names chosen for their entities sound so nice and innocent.

      • David K permalink
        March 16, 2018 5:30 pm

        Beware since mentioning Globalist is now a hate speech word destined in post facto enforcement to label you as a Right wing extremist anti semite in Airstrip 1, destined to allow the leftie to name you personally for all time on Wikipedia as a Britain First snowflake in the same way Breitbart the news agency is. Nasty for the job prospects. Yes you heard it here, the left is altering the language through their MSM to state that any use of a mention of who is actually behind the troubles in the world is hate speech to result in prosecution. Voltaire would be so proud to have got it right.

  11. Graeme No.3 permalink
    March 16, 2018 5:31 am

    I am old enough to remember when The Greens were against destroying forests to make wood chips and against dams for hydro electricity. Now they are all in favour of wood PELLETS made from destroyed forests and dams for pumped storage.
    So the answer for the would-be oil and gas producers is obvious, they should change the name of their product. Call it, say, Earth Gas and claim it is a blow against Russia and the Greenies will be all in favour. Similarly Renewable water power may end opposition to dams, especially if claimed that it will boost the switch to electric cars.

  12. March 16, 2018 9:32 am

    Importing gas from Europe = importing it from Russia, some of the time at least.

    Date: 15/03/18 Daily Mail
    A cold snap next week could leave the country at the mercy of Russian gas suppliers, experts have warned.

    Gazprom claims it sold just over 16billion cubic metres of gas to the UK last year – around 20 per cent of the country’s total demand.

    • Rowland H permalink
      March 16, 2018 11:38 am

      Gas powered generation is less than half what it could be right now with coal taking up the slack. God help us when clueless Perry gets her way with shutting down all the coal powered stations.

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        March 17, 2018 4:54 pm

        We’re restricting gas generation to save gas for other gas users. Otherwise, we would simply not have enough gas for the cold weekend. Our gas storage is almost empty. We’re fortunate the cold is over the weekend, rather than during the week when demand is higher.

    • March 16, 2018 12:38 pm

      THE SUN SAYS… We listened to the eco-fantasists over fracking and now we have hostile Russia heating our homes

      After putting our faith in wind and solar power, today proved woefully inadequate, we are at the mercy of a hostile country to heat our homes
      . . .
      Let this Russian crisis be the moment Britain finally wakes up to the need for new power stations and for shale gas – as much as we can possibly extract.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      March 17, 2018 4:31 pm

      Gazprom may indeed have sold 16bcm, but with the exception of one LNG cargo landed in late December, it will be gas they bought from others and re-sold. Gazprom has a large London based trading outfit, with over 1,000 staff. It has however, just announced that it will move most of those jobs back to St Petersburg.

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        March 17, 2018 5:09 pm

        Correction: the LNG cargo wasn’t even Gazprom’s to sell: Novatek is the senior Russian partner in the Yamal LNG venture, and they sold the cargo to Petronas, who on-traded it.

  13. Athelstan permalink
    March 16, 2018 10:51 am

    Always remember the six Ps principle.


  14. Green Sand permalink
    March 16, 2018 12:13 pm

    ‘Russia Crisis: GWPF Calls On Government To Speed Up UK Shale Development’

    “……The submission emphasises the need for Britain to develop its shale resources to avoid becoming almost wholly reliant on foreign imports for its gas supply in the near future. Recent winter shortages have forced Britain to import emergency gas supplies from Russia. Moreover, Russia also provided about half of the coal used in UK last year. This growing energy dependence is a wholly unsustainable situation given Russia’s recent destructive and destabilising behaviour…….”

  15. J Vaughan permalink
    March 16, 2018 12:20 pm

    The Marcellus/Utica shale gas play in Pennsylvania hit a record in Feb 2018, 26.8 billion cubic feet/day. To put that in perspective; it is more than three times UK gas consumption (approx 8 bcfd), three times Norway forecast gas production in 2018 (8.6 bcfd ) and 35% more than Russian gas exports to Europe in 2017. That is the potential size of the prize.

  16. March 16, 2018 12:38 pm

    Friends of the Earth poses as an environmentally friendly “Green” organisation.
    Look behind the curtain, & it’s a rabidly anti-human Fascist nest: Jonathan Porrrit openly called for a 50% reduction in England’s population. How, by leaving cities without power?
    The “Green” philosophy is firmly based in the defunct Darwinian & Malthusian mindsets.

    That Man is but an animal, a glorified ape, with no more value than an ape.
    This is the longest-taught unproven “scientific” hypothesis in the world: no “missing link” has ever been found. Reportedly, Darwin wanted to slaughter the top ranks of apes & the lower orders of humans. He was not comfortable with our proximity to our cousins.
    A nasty piece of work.

    Malthus was worse. Where Darwin was dealing with unproven hypotheses, Malthus dealt with misinformation or disinformation. His theory of population increase by geometric progression vs food increase by linear progression was demonstrably false in his own lifetime, had he done a decent job of research. He was an early Ehrlich, the first? big doomster, a savage in an Anglican collar, an economist for the East India Company providing the moral basis for the Brit Empire’s policy of slaughter & pillage.

    The modern “Green” movements are based on these anti-human policies.

    The true economist Julian L. Simon looked into the Malthusian questions & found the data prove the opposite is true: historically, the more people there are, the more food etc is created.
    The correlation is evident throughout history.
    The mechanism he identified: more generations = more accumulated knowledge = better farming output = more people = more trades & professions supported by fewer farmers.
    Tongue-in-cheek, he called this process capable of infinite repetition through the principle of substitution through greater knowledge, as air waves have substituted for copper cables in mobile phones, for example.
    His book: The Ultimate Resource 2 is a great & optimistic read.
    Crucially, Julian Simon won a bet against Ehrlich & protege eugenicist John Holdren regarding resources scarcity in the 80s. 🙂

    John Doran.

    • March 16, 2018 12:42 pm

      The Ultimate Resource is Human Ingenuity.

  17. March 16, 2018 12:52 pm

    Safe clean & cheap nuclear should be a larger part of our Energy Input capacity. especially as Small Modular Reactors are now possible, which can use as fuel our present nuclear “waste”.
    A book by nuclear PhD engineer Robert Zubrin, who has 9 patents to his name or pending:
    Merchants of Despair.
    A dark & difficult book dealing in much greater detail with the past & present inhumanities of Empire, & the possibilities for a much brighter nuclear & interplanetary future.
    I also enjoyed his “Case for Mars” book.
    John Doran.

  18. March 16, 2018 12:59 pm

    You could not call Scottish hydro electricity ” extremely expensive energy noise ”. It is probably the cheapest renewable electricity in the UK. However for all that, inexplicably half of it receives a subsidy. SSE really pulled the wool over Westminster’s eyes there. And Scottish Power and Alcan popped through the same loophole.

  19. March 16, 2018 1:09 pm

    Okay. If you click on the above link to the homepage there will be a “circle” of topics to click on. Click on “Groups”. When that comes up, click on “Environmentalist”. Then near the upper right hand side below the banner, click on “Group Profiles” and up comes an astounding list. “Friends of the Earth” is there. Click on it for a page or more on that group, even contact information.

    If you have a day or 2 to spare, peruse this site. It is considered the library of leftist groups and their connections. David Horowitz was, by his own admission, a “red diaper baby” raised by actual Communist parents in the NYC area. He was an ardent leftist involved with the major players of the ’60’s. He was with the Black Panthers in the San Francisco Bay area. After a women he recommended to be their treasurer was murdered by them, David began a real soul searching. He voted for Ronald Reagan. He now runs an institute devoted to exposing the left and their activities. He knows and understands these folks as he was one of them at the height of ’60’s unrest.

  20. rckkrgrd permalink
    March 16, 2018 1:53 pm

    From my viewpoint and Canadian experience, support, and encouragement of anti-fracking campaigns could come from many sources. An example is the anti-pipeline ridiculousness in Canada.
    There may be a little politics involved but economic reasons would seem to be the most likely motive. A very cheap way to inconvenience or even cripple the competition. In other words “follow the money.” The suspects are a multitude. Not likely a conspiracy but rather simple opportunism.
    The current media frenzy over gender issues, spy poisonings, and celebrity farts is only a desperate leftist bid to divert attention from the climate change fiasco that is rapidly crumbling beneath them.
    In Canada, there may be a political side effect by the destabilization of the nation through an erosion of inter-provincial relations. It is rather difficult to determine a motive, however.

  21. Bitter@twisted permalink
    March 16, 2018 5:30 pm

    Some commie once described sympathisers, in the West, as “useful idiots”.
    Things have not changed.

  22. dennisambler permalink
    March 16, 2018 11:52 pm

    An overwhelming consensus of 97% of Western politicians believe Putin did it. Even if he didn’t do it, wouldn’t it be better to take action against him anyway, just in case?

  23. RAH permalink
    March 17, 2018 12:04 pm

    If you think about it all this makes it clear that the investigation against Trump in the US is nothing more than a nasty political ploy. Why would Putin want a guy to be president who from the beginning demanded energy independence and had a platform of “Drill baby drill”? Now the US is a growing competitor with other fossil fuel energy exporters and would be even a greater threat to Putin in California would open it’s ports for the export of fossil fuels.

    But the same clueless types that join the watermelons to protest fracking, pipe lines, drilling, and mining, are not smart, or informed enough to see the obvious.

    • March 17, 2018 12:29 pm

      Putin plays both sides, which means he has noted that all wars are resource wars, there is little incentive to conquer for resources when they are plentiful. Russia certainly has no plans to invade England for copper.

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