Article list for the ‘Comment’ Category

How community benefits from shale gas could work

Consultancy Remsol has today published a constructive Blueprint for shale gas community benefits. (http://www.remsol.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Remsol-A-Blueprint-for-Shale-Gas-Community-Benefits-09082016.pdf ). I wrote the foreword: “UK shale gas production could and should be part of a low-carbon transition, enabling Britain to phase out coal more quickly while strengthening energy security. Domestically-extracted shale gas would be less climate-damaging than coal, but also than […]

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29 July 2016: Open letter to Greg Clark MP on Hinkley review

Dear Greg, Congratulations on your appointment to run BEIS. I welcome the creation of the new department (see http://climateanswers.info/2016/07/15-july-2016-new-british-government-a-step-forward-for-climate-strategy/). And it is great to have you back working on energy and climate change. I also welcome your decision to review the Hinkley Point C proposal, following yesterday’s Final Investment Decision by EDF. The UK needs […]

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July 2016: Weinberg Next Nuclear summer newsletter

http://www.the-weinberg-foundation.org/2016/07/21/our-summer-newsletter/ Articles on: a progressive narrative for a pro-nuclear civil society movement;why there is such strong anti-nuclear feeling in Germany; prospects for nuclear power in the UK.

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15 July 2016: New British government: a step forward for climate strategy

The UK no longer has a department with the words ‘climate change’ in its title. Climate policy is now the responsibility of a new Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. This could be seen as a downgrading of climate action – and has been condemned by some green groups. But I think it is […]

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The impact of Brexit on clean energy

What will be the impact of Brexit on clean energy in the UK? Answer: nobody knows, because nothing is remotely clear in British politics now. Who will be prime minister? Will there be an early general election? What will be the relationship between the UK and the remaining EU member-states? Will there even be a […]

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22 June 2016: What Brexit would mean for climate and environment policy

Video of Mike Childs, Head of Science, Policy and Research at Friends of the Earth, Fintan Hurley, Scientific Director at the Institute of Occupational Medicine, and me discussing this. http://www.agreenerlifeagreenerworld.net/2016/06/experts-warn-leaving-eu-would-be.html

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2026: Europe’s progressive climate policies

In less than two weeks’ time, the UK will vote on whether to stay in or leave the EU. I am doing all I can for the Stronger In campaign (http://www.strongerin.co.uk/#QkGoYymoqlkpWtIE.97). Opinion polls predict a very close result. Being Labour, I never believe opinion polls. Britain could well vote to leave. But I’m also an […]

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31 May 2016: The EU and domestic energy bills

Vote Leave is today claiming that, if the UK leaves the EU, domestic energy bills would be lower. They are wrong. Domestic energy bills could and should be reduced by changing taxes and tariffs. It is possible to do this without leaving the EU. Quitting the European Internal Energy Market – the single market for […]

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19 April 2016: EU membership delivers cleaner air

The air in London is cleaner than it was in the 1950s, the era of infamous smogs. But it is still not clean enough. Every year over nine thousand Londoners are killed by air pollution, primarily from road transport (see http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/nearly-9500-people-die-early-in-a-single-year-in-london-as-a-result-of-air-pollution-study-finds-10390729.html) . British politicians of all parties have failed to tackle this problem adequately, for […]

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27 March 2016: I cannot vote for a pacifist as prime minister

If Jeremy Corbyn accepts that military force is sometimes justifiable, I will vote Labour in 2020. If not, and if he is still leader, I will not.

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