No Dash for Gas + Basic Bread Recipe

27 Feb

Hey guys! I want to briefly chat a bit about one of my best friends Riley who has submitted this recipe to us. Riley is an absolutely fantastic baker and has provided us with a lovely basic bread recipe below.

If you follow our twitter feed, you’ll notice that I have been tweeting recently about the climate protesters from the No Dash for Gas group who are being sued by energy giant EDF for a whopping £5 million. The No Dash for Gas group, including my friend Riley, occupied a gas-fired power station at West Burton which is the first of 20 proposed gas power stations under new plans. The plant is still under construction, but the seven day occupation by No Dash for Gas activists saved 19177 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Here is a short video from No Dash for Gas explaining how and why they occupied West Burton.


As some of you may know, I’m an environmental scientist and so can talk about climate change at great length if given half the chance. Ill try to keep it brief! What’s key to know is that the UK government has exempted West Burton power station from emissions regulations for basically the entire life span of the plant – 45 years – even though when operational it is predicted to emit more carbon dioxide that the whole of Paraguay. This new dash for gas power threatens our ability to meet our (woefully unambitious) emissions targets, which we need to not only meet but exceed if we have any hopes of keeping global temperature rises below 2 degrees Celsius.


As such, many of us feel that the potentially drastic consequences of climate change calls for drastic measures. The No Dash for Gas group put their bodies on the line to make a stand against global climate change, and EDF are suing them for a whopping £5 million. Whilst EDF make billions of profit every year, £5 million is more than Riley or any of the other defendants could dream of earning in a lifetime. This whole suing malarkey is an unprecedented  slap in the face to the UK’s vibrant history of civil disobedience and protest, and really raises questions about big corporations trying to deter dissent and criticism.

A brief list of things you can do to help:

– Jess

Now, on with the bread!


Ingredients: 1lb strong white bread flour (or 50/50 strong white and wholemeal), 1 tsp instant yeast, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 pint warm water, handful porridge oats, handful pumpkin/sunflower seeds, pinch of herbs eg. oregano.


eigh out the dry ingredients into a bowl. Give it a stir in between adding the yeast and the salt because the salt will slow down your yeast.

 Mix in the water until the dough comes together. I use my hands but you can use a spoon if you don’t like mess. Leave it for 10 mins. 

Then turn out on to an oiled OR floured work surface and knead until soft, supple and smooth. 

Put it back in the bowl, covered with a tea towel or a plastic bag, and leave for about an hour in a reasonably warm place. 

Put the oven on at 200C to preheat. Lightly oil your baking tin or tray.  

Turn your dough out onto the surface and divide into two. Shape each lump of dough into a round shape and place onto your pre oiled baking trays.  

Cover with a tea towel and leave in a warm place for 45 mins. It’s ready when it doesn’t spring straight back when you lightly prod it.  

Cut a slit into the top and lightly dust with flour.  

Bake in the oven until golden brown. Start checking after half an hour. 

Leave it to cool at least a little before slicing.


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23 Responses to “No Dash for Gas + Basic Bread Recipe”

  1. Tom February 27, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    I am no expert on global warming but I do know one thing.. About 15000 years ago it was chilli in these parts, since then its been getting warmer, the ice has melted and is still melting and will carry on doing so regardless of power stations. Co2 released may speed this up slightly but it is slightly and given its going to happen why are people so upset?? I can also say the ice will come back history tells us its one big cycle hot cold hot cold so what’s the big deal??

    • Danny Chivers February 27, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

      Yes, the planet has heated and cooled in the past. However, these past heatings and coolings were caused by tiny variations in our planetary orbit (known as Milankovich cycles), and/or small changes in solar activity, accumulating over tens of thousands of years until they eventually triggered bigger natural feedback loops and shifted the state of the climate.

      What’s happening now is different. Humanity has essentially overridden these slow, gradual natural cycles with a massive, sudden blast of CO2. We now risk triggering some big natural feedback loops of our our (Arctic melting, thawing permafrost, the dehydration burning of the rainforests) that could shift us into a practically unrecogisable planet.

      The things that used to cause ice ages and thaws are no longer relevant. Humanity has put the climate into overdrive, and we need to act urgently to pull things back from the brink. This is why a new wave of gas power stations would be disastrous, and it’s why I also walked into that power station with Riley in October 🙂

      • radicalrabbit February 27, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

        To add on from what Danny said;

        the previous natural changes in global temperatures happened over thousands of years, in the main allowing species to adapt, and habitats to migrate. The changes due to human-induced climate change are happening faster than habitats can migrate; meaning we are looking at a mass extinction event. Beyond that, we are looking at expansion of deserts and lack of water in many areas, an increase in incidence and severity of extreme weather events, degradation of soils and fish stocks – likely to cause increase in wars over resources, mass migration and a load of other disruptive events.

    • eveningperson February 27, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

      Tom is a “concern troll”. If he really wanted to know the answer, there are many good places where he could get correct information from scientists, for example, Carbon dioxide is like a big control knob on the earth’s climate. Science knows a lot about this now: search for Richard Alley on YouTube for a good video lecture on the subject.

      • eveningperson February 28, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

        Chances are, in fact, that Tom isn’t even a person. If you inspect any popular blog (like this one) that happens to have an article concerning climate change, you will find some reply near the top seemingly casting doubt on the reality of global warming, or whether it’s caused by human-generated CO2.

        It’s likely that many of these posts are made by automated software that enables one person to scan widely for relevant articles, then quickly post pre-written comments using any of a large number of fake ‘personalities’. This sort of work is done by agencies funded anonymously but likely on behalf of big energy companies and other large corporations.

        They know climate change is happening,but believe that any attempts to counteract it will hit their profits. Since they have no chance of ‘disproving’ the science, the aim is to continually foster doubt and create the illusion of disagreement between scientists where there is none in reality.

      • tom February 28, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

        Evening person … Tom is in fact a person and lives just north of Manchester. I work in construction building industrial projects working within BREEAM standards which I am sure you will be aware reduce co2 output for industrial process buildings, so you could say I have done more to reduce co2 output than most in this country.
        By chance I have a friend who is one of the leading scientists in this particular field in the UK. I have discussed the issue with him and although the evidence is significant that man made co2 is altering the rate of change of global warming it is simply speeding up the inevitable.
        I have also recently spent time in Vietnam and china , any effect we may have in the UK is being totally over shadowed, the phrase pissing in the wind springs to mind.

        Its not the theory I have much issue with and its great people do something about a cause the believe in right or wrong, but the comments such as you can read it on Google? I can read Jesus walked on water, millions believe it but it doesn’t mean its true.

    • eveningperson March 1, 2013 at 11:29 am #

      Tom, you did question the theory, and whatever your ‘leading scientist’ is an expert in, he ought to be aware that there is now no reasonable doubt that humans are causing the largest part of the current annual increase in atmospheric and oceanic CO2, and that this increase is causing more heat to be concentrated in the atmosphere and oceans, and that this is based in fundamental physical principles. Where there is debate, this is on how fast we shall observe changes and exactly how these changes will affect different parts of the world.

      As for the whether we should do something about it, developing countries like China and Vietnam are going to be affected particularly hard by climate change and I think we can safely assume that they will try to decarbonise their economies. At the moment, China is heavily dependent on coal, the worst fuel of all in various respects, and although it is now the worst polluter, each Chinese on average uses only a fraction of the energy we use in the West. Maybe we can’t get by on much less energy, but we must try to decarbonise it.

      • Tom March 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

        I hear you all I understand what you are trying to say fully I am just not of the same opinion. My friend as I said is phd and advises the government on climate change so I’m fairly sure he knows as much as most. even he will say that it is widely accepted co2 is causing problems and changing the climate but the difference between changes in climate that are inevitable and changes in climate with co2 is far more difficult to genuinely quantify. By that I don’t mean what is says on google or theoretical possible changes I mean fully founded. In any case the climate change is happening like it or not so if its in 50 years or 150 years makes no difference unless your only thinking of you and your kids.
        The point I was making was that if you believe that co2 is going to make a huge difference then fine, I think as I said above its only speeding up something that’s already going to happen.
        Point is if you believe it should be reduced then do something that will make that change. For sure holding a sign up at a power station won’t do that. I just think change your target

    • eveningperson March 1, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

      I’m not impressed with an unnamed PhD in an unnamed subject – I’m a PhD (not in climate science I hasten to add) and I follow what the climate scientists are saying closely and make an effort to use my knowledge of maths and physics to understand them to the best of my ability.

      The contributions to climate change are indeed hard to quantify – that’s why scientists do research – but that doesn’t mean they can’t be quantified. We know now that humans are changing the climate and they are not ‘hastening the inevitable’ – humans are making a change over only a few decades whereas natural changes generally work over centuries or longer.

      And it follows that we can make a difference – using less CO2 will slow down the change.(although even stopping using CO2 would not stop change altogether as the system lags behind the input).

  2. Lachlan Atcliffe February 27, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    Hi Jess,

    I read your email and was immediately quite concerned about the plight of your friend. Big utility companies bullying protesters with absurd lawsuits is, frankly, the kind of crap I became a solicitor to fight against.

    Do they have legal representation? I poked around the links but couldn’t find anything to say either way. I can recommend the Bar Pro Bono Unit, which is full of excellent mavericks who love this kind of work. You may need a referral from someone like an MP.

    I wish them the best of luck.

    – Lachlan Atcliffe

    • radicalrabbit February 27, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

      Hi Lachlan,

      Thank for the concern, yeah they do have legal representation – Bindmans I think.

      Jess x

  3. Ed February 27, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    Nature will correct things down the road but we will not like it a bit the way she will do this. Nature is amazinly strong. We are nothing. Have you experienced a massive earthquake? You will get an idea. So, we can continue playing God and beliving the archaic idea that nature is there to service men and women and we can do as we wish but, believe me, we will learn the hard way.

    It is wise to know nature and work with nature and never go against nature. Its that easy. So, we should apply science to work with nature, reducing pressure on her and getting rid of these obsolete technologies like nuclear power, oil, etc. We should work towards cleaning the planet and get back to our origins. We can do it. We can have technology and a clean planet.

    • tom February 28, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

      Getting on soap box again so apologies but ED is making some sense. If anyone reading believes in the cause truly, you need to stop with protesting. We all know like it or not that money rules the world which is why oil, coal, gas nuclear is being used. This is not possible to stop by upsetting people running power stations that will only get you on TV or in jail or both.
      The solution is one for engineers. Engineers made carts for horses, steam engines, diesel engines nuclear reactors etc it is an engineering solution that will stop co2 and climate change.
      The solution is spend as much time and money as possible on the next engine. Water powered? Air powered? The next clean option is on its way and as soon as the money men can produce it and it is worth more than the oil and gas etc only then things will change

      • pauljw11 February 28, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

        Whilst I certainly agree that the only feasible long-term solution is an engineering one, uhless public awareness is raised by people protesting and doing things that put the issue in the papers and on the news the powers that be will never make the necessary investment in the engineering technology.

      • radicalrabbit February 28, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

        Engineering solutions only arise when there is political will for such projects, they do not happen in a vacuum. The sad fact of the matter is that much, much more funding exists for teaching and research around environmentally damaging energy production that it does for renewable technologies, both in academia and in industry.

        As someone who works in the construction of BREEAM standard buildings, you should know that BREEAMs aim is all around the construction of sustainable buildings and, more generally, making civil engineering a more sustainable industry (as it stands, building and construction is currently the more polluting industry in the UK after agriculture). BREEAM was thought up to meet the requirements of sustainable development put forward by the Bruntland Commission in their now famous report on sustainable development.

        Its worth noting here that the Bruntland report did not happen in a political vacuum also. It was conceived largely to respond to the concerns of the growing environmentalist movement in the wake of a few environmental disasters and the consequent concerns and protests around them. The Bruntland report that set the political agenda for BREEAM, was thought of, in part, to meet the concerns of environmental activists.

        To say that we should give up protesting and focus on engineering solutions here is incredibly naive and denies the reality of how discourses on sustainable development and engineering solutions came about. Both rely on eachother, and clearly a diversity of tactics is needed to combat climate change, by whatever means we have at our disposal – including technologies AND protesting!

  4. February 28, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    Hi, How do I post a comment or ask questions if I am not on facebook or twitter etc.? Thanks, Ron

    • radicalrabbit March 2, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

      Youve done it! 🙂

  5. Danny Chivers February 28, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    Hello again, I just want to respond to Tom’s point about China’s emissions. The fact that Chinese emissions are on the rise is often used as a throwaway excuse for not dealing with our own carbon pollution. However, not only is this a pretty feeble argument in itself (because if everyone waited for someone else to act, nothing would ever happen), it also ignores what’s actually happening in China right now, where environmental protest is rapidly on the rise. In the last few years, huge protests of tens of thousands of people have been besieging local government offices in a number of regions, and successfully blocking the construction of coal plants and polluting factories. Environmental issues are now the number one cause of unrest in China, and the government is under huge pressure to act rapidly to cut the use of coal and introduce stronger environmental regulation. Environmental NGOs have formed and are growing in influence – something that would have been unthinkable ten years ago, and gives a sense of how important this issue has become.

    The situation in China is far more hopeful than people might think – I’d really recommend reading sites like China Dialogue and the writing of Chinese environmental journalists like Liu Jianqiang to get a better sense of what’s actually going on. Of course, the courage of those in China who are daring to organise around environmental issues will all be for nothing if those of us in the rest of the world don’t buck up our ideas and reduce our emissions too…

    • tom February 28, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

      Obviously some bright people on the site. I just wish the talent wasnt so wasted. The comment about BREEAM is very well written, and I am sure you may well be correct about how it came about and this is just my point. Again money is the question. BREEAM has been brought about for the reasons as suggested, the reason it has been employed is purely a financial one. I mostly build food production facilites. TESCO, ASDA etc have decided they will comply with BREEAM becuase it is good for business and consequently this gets passed down the line so all the suppliers have to meet standards. Make no mistake this is a financial benefit to TESCO, ASDA etc and is the only reason it is used. To say it is a lip service is an undertatement, BREEAM guidelines are all very well but miss the mark by such a wide mark it is untrue and make such a small difference however it does mean everyone can give themself a pat on the back and job done.
      If and it is a massive huge if people such as those writing would only think in the same way as business you could make such a large difference.
      Protesting is all very well and I do have respect for those that do so but for the average man lets say a bunch of builder or factory workers etc your seen as a bunch of lefty nut cases. Im not trying to be offensive but highlight the problem.
      Tesco or Asda or similar have huge policy changing influence only because of money.
      So my thought is work on the money men. If you can re engineer something to reduce co2 and save money it will get instant backing.
      simple stuff even…better engine design for waggons, Add Blue type solutions better turbine design, better wind turnbine design hydro elec generator design etc etc etc a million ways it could be changed
      I am not saying I have the solution, if I did I would be on my boat in the south of france, all I am saying is someone on this or somone one of you knows has the ability and understanding to do something more usefull than holding up a sign outside a nuclear plant and being passed off as a nutter in a tent.

      China…2 billion people if each one of them had a fag it would produce more co2 then the uk in a year.

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