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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In Defence of Pragmatism

Climate campaigners should be more pragmatic and more prepared to make compromises. Pragmatism often delivers progress; idealism rarely does.

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Paqueta: a community running almost entirely on renewables

Paqueta: a community running almost entirely on renewables

A small island in Rio bay already gets most of its energy from renewables. It should move to become totally powered by solar, biogas and imported hydroelectricity.

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Hustings debate on climate change, 8 April, London

On 8 April I’m chairing a hustings debate on climate change in Holborn/St Pancras. Labour’s @Keir_Starmer, Green’s @natalieben + Lib Dem and Tory candidates 6.30, Camden School for Girls. All welcome – though you have to register.

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UKIP wrong on science, Green Party wrong on nuclear

Useful summary of how UKIP is wrong on climate science and the Green Party is wrong on nuclear power. http://ukip-green.org.uk/

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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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