1. Majority of MEPs support fracking moratorium in symbolic vote
For the first time, a majority of MEPs (338 to 319) has voted in favour of an immediate moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Europe in view of its “risks and negative consequences for the climate, the environment, and public health.” The MEPs voted in support of Amendment 1 to the Energy Security Strategy report.
However, as the final report as a whole was not adopted, the moratorium on “any new operations involving the exploration or extraction of unconventional fuels within the EU until this is proven to be safe for the environment, citizens, and workers” will not take effect.
While some pro-fracking groups in the European Parliament voted against the amendment and the report as a whole, the European United Left – Nordic Green Left group (GUE/NGL), which voted for the fracking moratorium, opposed the final report on the grounds that it “underlined the importance of nuclear energy” and “moves in the same direction as neoliberal policies.”
The votes of Irish MEPs on the fracking moratorium amendment were as follows:
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How the search for shale gas is exposing cracks in Denmark’s showcase democracy
We are used to hearing about multinational corporations manipulating political systems in the global South to eke out ever more profits from often damaging activities. Current examples include that of Enel-Endesa forcing the El Quimbo megadam onto Colombia by pushing for an increasingly toothless environmental license regime; or Glencore-Xstrata contracting with the Peruvian police to violently repress protesters calling out the pollution linked to the corporation’s Tintaya and Antapaccay mines.
We are less used to stories of corporations deploying similar tactics of cooption and power grabbing in societies considered the richest and most developed on the planet – such as my country of origin, Denmark. Recurrently praised as home to some of the ‘happiest people in the world’, largely owing to its strong public sector and relative economic equality, this is a country that seems to add substance to the idea of representative democracy as the prime form of modern governance. These past weeks, the country has been captivated in the principal dramatisation of this mythical assertion: the rite of general elections.
Basque country bans fracking
Some Spanish and Basque media reports that the regional parliament in the Basque country in Spain banned fracking.
100,000 signatures against fracking were collected and a Citizen’s initiative was handed over to the Basque regional parliament.
TTIP – ALL MEPS VOTES
The full text is now out => European Parliament resolution of 8 July 2015 containing the European Parliament’s recommendations to the European Commission on the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
The VoteWatch analysis is also out => Negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – VoteWatch Europe
It lists every MEP and you can see what they voted, filtered per member state or group. You easily see who was loyal to their group position and who wasn’t. The only Irish MEPs voting in favour for this resolution were the four FG deputies.
Here an article by FFII.org => EU Parliament resolution on TTIP is a diplomatic blunder
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