Welcome to Climate Answers

Climate change is the most serious issue ever to have faced humanity. Rightly, it is now high on the public, political, media and business agendas. However, too much of the discussion is still about what we should not be doing or what we should be against. There is not enough discussion or information on solutions – what we can and should do to minimise dangerous climate change, and what should be done to make us not only safer and more secure, but also richer and happier.

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Europe’s Energy Union ‘strategy': A rebranded work programme

The European Commission’s Energy Union paper is too timid, too bureaucratic and lacking any focus.

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Climate action is more important than the single market

CER has now published my policy brief on ‘State aid and energy: climate action is more important than the single market’.

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Competition and energy policy: can switching help?

My considered advice to anyone thinking of switching energy suppliers: don’t bother – life is too short.

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To protect the environment, the UK must stay in the EU

Outside the EU, the UK could theoretically become a new Norway, with very high environmental standards. Pigs could also fly.

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18 February 2015: The nightmare of switching energy suppliers.

Why don’t more people shop around for cheaper energy deals? Because trying to switch energy supplier in the UK is a nightmare.

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My position on GMOs

The Centre for European Reform has now published my article on GMOs. This post explains why I am now giving a public opinion, having kept quiet for several years.

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22 November 2014: my interview with CFO of Shell

Simon Henry, Chief Finance Officer of Shell, spoke at the launch of my policy brief on international climate negotiations. Afterwards I interviewed him for CER’s website.

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26 October 2014: Europe needs policies to halt coal, not more debate on targets

My article for ‘Responding to Climate Change’ on European governments’ acceptance of Commission proposals for a 2030 climate and energy package.

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25 September 2014: Was Ban Ki-moon’s UN climate summit just a talking shop?

We should thank Ban Ki-moon for holding this summit. Whether or not it has given greater momentum to the UNFCCC negotiations, is has given impetus to climate finance discussions.

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17 September 2014: For climate protection, money is more important than targets.

In my new CER paper I argue that international climate negotiations should focus on money not targets. So the G20 is a better forum than the UN is.

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