Monthly Archives: September 2016

Change and flexibility

The old adage that good news isn’t really news today seems truer than ever. Bad news is reported rapidly across the internet and social media, and there are unfortunately relatively few good news stories that command as much attention. Something … Continue reading

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Fracking off for Corbyn

Labour vows fracking ban if it wins general election, according to reports from the party conference. But why are so many on the Left opposed to developing a domestic supply of clean energy? For the time being, Labour’s almost certain … Continue reading

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Hinkley C: making the best of a bad job

It seems that the UK’s first new nuclear power station for a generation – Hinkley Point C – will finally be built (Hinkley Point C finally gets green light as government approves deal with EDF and China). The deal has … Continue reading

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The Carbon Capture and Storage saga

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) sounds simple, but is very complex to put into effect. But it remains a potentially attractive policy option for one key reason: its successful introduction would allow us to burn more gas – and even … Continue reading

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The North-West Passage

There are reports (Arctic Ocean shipping routes to open ‘for months’) that the Arctic Ocean may be ice-free for long periods of the year. Actually, this is no more than a further projection of the consequences of global warming at … Continue reading

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Ratifying the Paris agreement

China and the USA announced at the G20 meeting last week that they are both going to ratify the Paris climate change agreement, to the breathless excitement of many observers. If President Xi says China will ratify, then it most … Continue reading

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Renewables cannot guarantee energy security

For most of us, it’s back to work, with summer receding fast. With autumn and winter just round the corner, our thoughts will turn from keeping cool to keeping warm. Energy prices and security will be priorities once again. The … Continue reading

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