Hinkley is a very expensive strategic mistake for the country – TRT World News

            TRT News: Joining me now from London is Tom Burke, Chairman of the environmental think tank E3G , and a former government advisor on climate change. Hinkley Point, what’s your biggest problem with it? Tom Burke: It’s a very expensive strategic mistake for the […]

Climate Change Activists Should Be Nervous About Brexit

BY EVAN POPP     With voters in the United Kingdom heading to the polls June 23 to decide whether or not to leave the European Union, polls are showing a close vote in the offing between those who want Britain to leave the EU and those who want to […]

Hinkley Point C nuclear deal contains £22bn ‘poison pill’ for taxpayer

  ‘If the SoSIA is signed it will change the argument over Hinkley. Instead of being an argument about why we should kill this white elephant – which the government has comprehensively lost –  it will become an argument about not being able to afford the bullets to kill the […]

Nuclear Cost – Letter to The Times, October 19 2015

                  The Times, letters, October 19 2015 To slash and burn renewable investment for the sake of costly support for new nuclear plants is unwise Sir, George Osborne assumes that energy demand will increase (“Nuclear deal with China is threat to UK […]

SQUARING THE CIRCLES

  This piece was first published by the Energy and Carbon Blog     Amber Rudd’s appointment as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate has been welcomed by environmentalists. This is partly out of relief. There was a real risk that DECC would be abolished by an incoming Conservative Government. […]

Solar is set to transform the global energy market – Podcast – Today Program BBC Radio 07/04/2015

                We have had a very inconsistent approach to renewables and deploying renewables in Britain. We are really starting to miss out and get left behind because of that inconsistency by government. It’s completely incoherent to complain about subsidies as the government did […]

THE POWER OF DREAMS

    This piece first appeared in The Guardian on Thursday 10th July                 It has always been difficult to see what was attractive about the proposed deal with EDF to build a nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point in Somerset. To bring this […]

FALLON’S FALLACY

      There is a presentational trick that skilled politicians practice. It grasps that most people are more affected by the tone than the content of a speech. This is an especially important skill to have mastered when you want to want to say something controversial. Then a soft […]

Shooting Labour’s energy freeze fox

                    You could not make this up. In order to cut energy bills the government has just announced it will cut one of its top policies to, uh, cut energy bills. Of course, that is not what it is saying. But […]

Locked into business as usual in a changing world – ENDS Report August 2013

  This column was first published in the ENDS Report August 2013                 Conservative Party leaders believe declaring war on the environment and aggressively promoting fracking for shale gas is to their advantage. But it is bad for business and the economy. We […]