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Time to reset energy policy priorities in the UK

The UK's energy strategy needs a rethink as production falls

Conflicting policies are derailing its carbon reduction initiatives while government rhetoric has failed to convince the public it understands and empathises with environmental concerns over hydraulic fracturing (fracking). UK energy production in is in doldrums while domestic consumption continues to rise. Domestic oil and gas output has fallen every year since 1999. In 2012 alone, the UK's oil production fell 14% year-on-year to 355 million barrels - a decline of almost 70% since 1999. Gas strategy The UK's Conservative-led coalition government sees gas- and nuclear-power generation as a way to meet the country's growing electricity demand. It is also pushing renewable energy, which ma

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