Fracking

Drill down and it’s obvious: the fracking debate was lost long ago

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Five years ago this week, George Osborne as chancellor announced a scheme to place tax revenues from shale gas fracking…

Does fracking really cause earthquakes?

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Great shakes Shale gas commissioner Natascha Engel resigned in protest at what she called ‘absurd’ restrictions on fracking — in…

Wind turbines are neither clean nor green and they provide zero global energy

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Unreliable renewables are neither green nor clean

This fracking ‘satire’ can frack off

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Fracking is a British tradition. Since 1969 more than 200 sites have used hydraulic fracturing ‘without environmental catastrophes’ according to…

Hollande equals Thatcher? If only

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Have you ever tried discussing the merits of gun control with a Texan, or of deregulated labour markets with a…

The best things in the world have always sprung up by accident. Take the internet, for instance

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Since no one has bothered to ask what my must-read book of last year was I’m going to tell you…

Industrial revolution: gas from shale — as here in Pennsylvania — has transformed the US energy economy

To frack or not to frack: investing either way

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Our veteran investor hunts for opportunities amid energy confusion

Don’t weep for Costa – but the Living Wage punishes small businesses that need our support

19 September 2015 8:00 am

What is George Osborne’s Living Wage? Is it a ploy to shift cost from the taxpayer to the employer by…

At last, Britain can have its shale gas revolution

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Over the past week, the government has finally made a decisive move to kickstart a fracking industry in Britain. Licences…

Britain needs to get fracking

4 July 2015 9:00 am

That democracy is a superior form of government to any other goes without saying. But in order to function, it…

The only certain winner in the Greek stand-off: cliché

27 June 2015 9:00 am

The clear winner in the Greek crisis is the author of The Little Book of Negotiating Clichés, whose royalties must…

The man who could sell the British public on fracking

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Iain Conn, who will succeed Sam Laidlaw as chief executive of Centrica, would have been a dead cert for the…

The return of oil price anxiety is a timely reminder to get fracking

21 June 2014 9:00 am

‘Iraq turmoil sends crude oil prices to nine-month high’ is the sort of headline that used to send shivers down…

The lefty liberals may be losing their hold over the arts world

26 April 2014 9:00 am

If you happen to be reading this column at breakfast, I’d recommend you skip to something more agreeable like Dear…

You, too, can be a shale profiteer

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Here’s how to get a slice of the fracking action

Portrait of the week

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said that English local authorities would be allowed to receive all the business rates…

Power struggle

7 December 2013 9:00 am

Bills are still going up in the long term – unless the government acts

Should you invest in nuclear power companies? 

2 November 2013 9:00 am

Politics makes it hard to pick winners in the energy sector

Think fracking’s bad for the countryside? Just look at farming…

31 August 2013 9:00 am

I’m off to Balcombe this weekend. In fact I might even carry a placard and paint my face with a…

Letters: GPs reply to J. Merion Thomas

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Some doctors write Sir: Professor Meirion Thomas (‘Dangerous medicine’, 17 August) may be an excellent surgeon but he is uninformed…

Back off, nimbyists, or fracking will benefit Beijing more than Balcombe

17 August 2013 9:00 am

The fracking debate has been brought to a new heat by David Cameron’s message to Home Counties nimbyists and eco-crusties…

Is the EU stopping Britain’s shale revolution?

10 August 2013 9:00 am

A few months after the last election, Oliver Letwin warned Cabinet colleagues that a chunk of Britain’s income would be…

Mind your language: Frack vs frag

10 August 2013 9:00 am

‘Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a frack,’ replied my husband unwittily when I asked how he’d feel if shale…

Letters: How IQ is handed down

3 August 2013 9:00 am

IQ and social mobility Sir: It seems not to have occurred to our leaders that ability is not evenly distributed…

The Spectator’s notes

13 July 2013 9:00 am

Andrew Mitchell was forced to resign as the Tory Chief Whip last autumn because he called policemen at the Downing…