The fracking problem

This is a guest post by Harriet Agerholm Last week, Lord Stern, the foremost climate change economist, concluded that Cameron’s claims that fracking would drive down domestic fuel bills were entirely ‘baseless’. In the US, gas is rarely exported due to the large distance it would have to cover in order to reach the European […]

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How Natalie Bennett will make the Green Party a radical national force

Natalie Bennett was elected leader of the Green Party of England and Wales earlier this month. The Third Estate talks to her about her priorities, the future of the party and how she hopes to make it a more radical and national force than ever before. Under the leadership of Caroline Lucas, the party’s first […]

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Fracking in Champagne country: Bubbles of discontent

This is a guest post by Ellen Goyder The “Bassin parisien,” a large area round Paris, is what you might call France’s Home Counties. Winding through the three départements in the East is the River Marne, with its vine-clad slopes. The vineyards start some forty miles from Paris and extend to where the Marne valley […]

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A Nuclear Meltdown Is Not A Natural Disaster

I’m sure your thoughts are with Japan. If not, read now. The death count is unbearable, the initial Hollywood-style video footage has become merely a prelude to the suffering which is happening in its wake. In Haiti last year, the earthquake brought with it artificial disasters: US imperialism. the squabbling cash divisions of NGOs, everything […]

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Undercover and over-the-top: The collapse of the Ratcliffe trial

Guest post from Danny Chivers, one of six defendants whose charges were dropped in Nottingham Crown Court this week, following revelations about an undercover police officer who had infiltrated the UK’s environmental protest movement. Here, Danny explains the extraordinary events that led to the collapse of his trial, and what they tell us about the […]

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How Much do You Have to Suck to Lose a Popularity Contest with Osama bin Laden?

There’s a song by the short-lived and under appreciated British rock band The Jeevas, fronted by Kula Shaker singer Crispian Mills, called How Much do You Suck and it goes a little bit like this: How much do you have to suck To lose a popularity contest to Saddam Hussein You’d have to be a […]

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David Brought A Slingshot, Not A Shovel

In the Huffington Post, the co-founder of 350.org has written a piece titled ‘David Brought A Slingshot, Not A Suit‘, in which the environmental organiser reveals his true colours. It’s too late for lobbying, he cries. That just didn’t work. It’s time to move on from matching the oil companies dollar for dollar. It’s time […]

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Wacky Races Insurrectionism: Some Thoughts On The Climate Camp

This piece is part diary, part analysis, about the Edinburgh Climate Camp, and I’ve *tried* to write it in a way that’s of interest to people with no knowledge of the camp as well as people who went along. If you want to know why we went to Edinburgh, give my pre-camp post a glance. […]

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The less than Wonderful Election of Oz

Guest post by Roland Miller McCall Australia went to the polls today after the most mundane election campaigns anyone can remember. Neither Labor nor the Coalition opposition has engaged with the big issues nor proposed a vision for Australia’s future. In recent days the debate has descended into high farce with the defining issue of […]

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Introducing Ms Theresa Villiers MP, my doubly incompetent representative!

For the last two years or so, I have been engaging in a dastardly plot to destroy the Tory party. Yes, by writing silly outraged-liberal letters to my Conservative MP – to which she must respond – on matters she ultimately doesn’t care about, I’ll hopefully waste enough Tory time and resources to destroy the […]

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