Category Archives: Energy

The Future of Renewable Energy

If news reports are to be believed, renewable energy is the future, alongside electric vehicles and carbon capture and storage. The government-mediated transition to this new economy (with the help of taxpayers’ money, of course) will provide energy security and … Continue reading

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Rational Policymaking

Governments are elected for a whole variety of reasons, but a key one is that we hope they will spend taxpayers’ money wisely. Bill Clinton’s famous phrase – “it’s the economy, stupid” – really sums up politics in a nutshell. … Continue reading

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Emissions reduction without tears

In recent weeks, I have been very critical of both the costs and feasibility of relying on renewable energy, particularly when it comes to the enormous task of converting effectively all land-based energy use to electricity. Normally, such a change … Continue reading

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Costs and Benefits

In last week’s newsletter (The Energy Conundrum) I covered some of the problems with a growing reliance on renewable energy sources. I touched on the enormous difficulties involved in a comprehensive move away from fossil fuels and hinted at the … Continue reading

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The Energy Conundrum

It seems that more people are now beginning to realise that, to be a real game-changer rather than just an expensive and unreliable contributor to energy needs, solar, wind and other sources of renewable, ‘free’ energy have to be used … Continue reading

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Measuring up to emissions targets

The extent of the human race’s impact on climate is not known with any degree of certainty, although the prevailing message in much of the media is that, to all intents and purposes, it is. Along with this message often … Continue reading

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Trumping the Paris climate deal

Most people said that Donald Trump could not get the Republican nomination for President. He did. Most people thought he would never be elected President. He was. Most people expected him to tone down his rhetoric and become more like … Continue reading

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