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The new prime minister Liz Truss has announced plans to reverse the fracking ban and drill for more North Sea gas. Clicksbox/Shutterstock

What Liz Truss’s government means for climate action

Liz Truss has appointed a loyal cabinet with varied environmental credentials. What will this mean for UK climate action?
Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg greets Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G7 leaders summit in La Malbaie, Que., in June 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

5 ways Norway leads and Canada lags on climate action

Canada and Norway face epic challenges in weaning themselves from petroleum dependence.
One of Shell’s Brent oil platforms. Scott Aspland

Five myths about dismantling North Sea oil rigs

Shell’s proposals to decommission its four Brent platforms are a test case for North Sea industry. But here’s why decommissioning is not what it’s cracked up to be.
Would the Scots be quids in after independence? Eltpics

Scottish independence is bad economics for three reasons

The recent publication of an extensive survey of leading economists by the Centre for Macroeconomics showed that an overwhelming majority did not think Scotland would be better off if it were independent…
There’s more oil down there, and it’s the regulator’s job to make sure it comes up. AP/PA

Compel firms to extract North Sea oil in the nation’s interest

For decades the UK has been accustomed to filling its coffers with the bounty from North Sea oil and gas, and the jobs and tax receipts it has brought. At one time exports helped balance the books and…
The offshore industry need not be so dangerous if safety is put first. PA

The oil industry has yet to learn lessons of Piper Alpha

The explosions and fire that completely destroyed the North Sea oil rig Piper Alpha and cost 167 workers their lives remains the world’s worst offshore oil disaster. Saturday, July 6, marks 25 years since…

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