The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change recently announced its decision to commit to 50% carbon emissions cuts on 1990 levels by 2027. Climate-change activists were applauded for their part in this decision, having implemented an effective internet petition urging the government to keep to its election promises to be the “greenest government ever”. Imagine the consternation then at the announcement that MPs on the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee have given the go-ahead to a controversial technique used to extract underground gas reserves by controlled explosions – a technique ...


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