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Philip Pearson's Articles

Manufacturing in the balance?

29 Apr 2015, by in Economics

From the latest official figures, it looks as if manufacturing output remains well below its pre-recession peak, and once more appears to be flatlining. A TUC briefing, Manufacturing in the balance suggests that our ‘foundation industries’, the productive heartland of UK manufacturing, are losing businesses and jobs at a disturbing rate – faster than for…

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Labour: 1m green jobs in climate change plan

20 Apr 2015, by in Environment

At the heart of Labour’ Green Plan for the next parliament is a transformative industrial strategy to create a million high productivity green jobs through investment in renewable energy, home insulation retrofits, zero carbon homes, community energy projects, carbon capture & storage, new nuclear power and flood defences. The ONS says the UK’s environmental industries…

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“Standing for the common good”

15 Apr 2015, by in Environment

At the Arcola theatre, Hackney, Natalie Bennett launched a Green party manifesto based on the wholesale rejection of austerity – “that no one in the world’s sixth richest economy should not be able to put food on their own table or have a roof over their head.” Bennett challenged the notion of an economy run…

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Labour: tackling climate change ‘an economic necessity’

13 Apr 2015, by in Environment

Labour’s manifesto says tackling climate change is “an economic necessity … the most important thing we must do for our children, our grandchildren and future generations.” It plans for the green economy create a million additional green jobs through world leading investment in low carbon technologies, a 2030 target for decarbonising our energy system, releasing…

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Health & Fracking: impacts and opportunity costs

30 Mar 2015, by in Environment

An independent report from health professionals Medact, Health and fracking: the impacts and opportunity costs, concludes that fracking generates numerous public health risks. A moratorium should apply until a full public impact assessment is “conducted by a body that is entirely independent of the shale gas industry.” Medact examines and builds on a number of reviews…

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UK Coal mines hanging on a thread

26 Mar 2015, by in Environment

Today, in refusing to back UK Coal’s bid for State Aid, the government has almost shut the door on UK Coal mining. A £10m loan will avoid the inconvenient closure of UK Coal’s Thoresby mine during an election period. As TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, said today, “Immediate help for UK Coal workers and their…

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