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The Infrastructure Bill includes a legal obligation on UK government to "maximise economic recovery of UK petroleum". in other words, get as much oil out of the ground as possible. Here's a sample letter to send to your MP, and more about the Bill...

This video explores the challenges presented by Peak Oil.

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The challenge of providing affordable secure and sustainable energy is explored in this short video produced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. They set out their view of how energy needs could be met.

Will oil supplies soon fall short of demand across the globe? What's the relationship between oil and climate change? Where do rising oil prices fit in? Have we reached "peak oil" and what do we do if we have?


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Find out everything you need to know about shale gas and fracking.

Discussions about energy and fossil fuels often involve scientific and technical terms, below are some simple definitions of the more complicated or unfamiliar vocabulary relating to unconventional hydrocarbons in energy production:

Chris Martenson has a series of short films analysing the links between energy, the economy and the environment. Number 17 is on peak oil; see

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Find out about the science of climate change and the views of scientists.

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The former Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government, Sir David King, has said of the new book by Professor David Mackay ‘Sustainable Energy – without the hot air’ that it ‘sets out with enormous clarity and objectivity the various alternative low carbon pathways that are open to us’.