16 September 2018
Volkswagen and air pollution. At present, 1 in 5 of all new diesel vehicles on UK roads are produced by VW. This Greenpeace action was a follow-on from the recent ‘Dieselgate Affair,’ in which VW falsified emissions tests on its diesel vehicles.
24 August 2018
In this week’s Politics Column (15 August), Chris Moncrieff’s first words were: “What sort of madness is this,..?” Exactly my reaction as I read through his ‘thoughts’ on Boris Johnson’s recent deliberately Islamophobic comments about Muslim women who wear the burka.
16 August 2018
Last week’s report from the Stockholm Resilience Centre warns that, as a result of the continuing massive burning of fossil fuels, we are on the edge of becoming a dangerous ‘hothouse’ world. This report links with recent front-page reports - which even appeared in the tabloid papers! - About how the global ‘killer heatwave’ was ‘setting our world on fire.’
29 July 2018
This action was aimed at persuading Barclays not to fund the building of three new toxic tar sands pipelines from Alberta, Canada. Even HSBC, Europe’s biggest bank - which generally has a less-good environmental track-record - has walked away from this project. This leaves Barclays as ‘The Dirty Bank’ - the only UK bank still prepared to consider funding these pipelines.
13 July 2018
Copeland MP Trudy Harrison has signed the Divest Parliament Pledge, calling for the MP's Pension Fund to phase out its substantial holdings from fossil fuel companies.
06 July 2018
We need flood prevention engineering and environmental measures to slow the rate of water run-off from the fells. But we also must stop making climate breakdown worse: so we must stop fracking and stop Heathrow’s third runway.
06 June 2018
Research shows that ‘tipping points’ (or thresholds) in the Earth System, once passed, have sometimes led to rapid climate change and sudden environmental transitions. Surely the lesson to be taken from all this is that we need to leave all remaining fossil fuel reserves in the ground and, instead, move rapidly to renewable forms of energy.
27 May 2018
Tony Lywood's column "Ministers, invest in Moorside now" reminds me why we need the Green Party.We neither need nor can afford nuclear power.
07 May 2018
At last - something we CAN agree on! We agree with Bob Gill, Chair of Copeland & Workington LibDems, about the need for a voting system based on Proportional Representation, and for an elected second chamber to replace the House of Lords (Whitehaven News, 26 April).
15 April 2018
Roger Putnam was partially right to claim (Whitehaven News 5 April) the Green Party and the LibDems ‘advocate similar policies’. However, while some policies may seem similar...it’s over values that a fundamental difference emerges between our two parties