Tom Burke’s Political Commentary: When quiet protest turns to rage and judicial review

Published in ENDS Report (Issue 407, p61), in December 2008. The scene at Stansted early one morning at the start of this month was depressingly familiar: delayed flights, crowded terminals, angry passengers, harassed staff, frustrated airline executives. Normally BAA accomplishes this all on its own. On this particular morning they […]

The politics of the carbon price

Published in the International Financing Review, in September 2008. Accurately assessing carbon price risk as climate policy evolves will require a profound understanding of the interaction between policy and politics and the unique nature of the challenge this poses to policy makers. Many factors will shape the development of carbon […]

The furture will not be nuclear

Published in Prospect Magazine, Issue 150, on 28th September 2008. The government is pinning its hopes on a nuclear renaissance to meet Britain’s climate change goals. Planning procedures are being eased and hidden subsidies offered. But the policy is based on a misunderstanding of nuclear power’s lousy economics, and will […]