The Isle of Man, a self-governing British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea, has been approached to host a trial gas production and carbon-capture project as the island seeks to become a hub for exports of renewable energy.
An icy rain is pelting about 30 protesters who’ve converged at the gate of a natural gas drilling site near Manchester, England. On the other side of a fence topped with razor wire, a 10-story-high rig is boring into shale to determine if it’s suitable for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The demonstrators unfurl a banner: “Fracking will poison our children.”
Liam Boggan used to spend Sunday evenings traipsing to Dublin airport to catch the 9:10 p.m. flight to London for his job at State Street Corp. As Ireland recovers from recession, his commute is now 600 miles shorter.
Nuclear utilities thrust into the spotlight after the Fukushima meltdowns have ordered 20 reactors shut, the most in a three-year span since Chernobyl’s aftermath, saddling the industry with a possible $26 billion in costs.