Phoebe Cook

Phoebe is Senior Reporter at DeSmog. She previously trained as a news reporter across local titles in Essex and East London, with her work since appearing in the Independent, Evening Standard, The Sun Online, Deutsche Welle, and The Local and Prospect Magazine.

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UK Government Holds its Nerve on Heat Pumps as Clean Heat Policy Confirmed

A cornerstone of the UK’s plans to slash the use of gas in home heating has survived a bitter backlash from the gas boiler sector.

March 25, 2024

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Revealed: Media Blitz Against Heat Pumps Funded by Gas Lobby Group

An energy trade association that represents and promotes gas boilers and manufacturers is behind a barrage of negative press attacking heat pumps, DeSmog has learned.

July 24, 2023

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Drax Accused of ‘Desperate’ Campaign to Influence Selby By-Election Candidates

Drax, the company that runs Britain’s biggest power station, stands accused by residents of “brazen politicking” in a closely fought by-election contest in Selby and Ainsty, North Yorkshire.

July 18, 2023

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Spike in German Finance For Gas Export Projects Harms U.S. Gulf Coast Communities, Report Finds

Deutsche Bank and other German lenders have poured finance into gas export terminals on the U.S. Gulf Coast since Russia invaded Ukraine, a report has found, sparking anger among residents who say the megaprojects are devastating their communities.

May 10, 2023

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IPCC Report Calls Out ‘Vested Interests’ Delaying Climate Action

The UN’s expert climate science organization has criticised the “vested interests” obstructing efforts to cut emissions for the first time this week.

March 1, 2022