George Osborne

Hinkley: The Nuclear Power Station That Will Haunt Britain For Decades

Posted by John Sauven — 27 July 2016 at 10:48am - Comments

This blog post was originally published on Guardian Comment is Free.

George Osborne’s reputation as a master political tactician may have gone the way of Leave’s £350m a week for the NHS, but the spectre of his misguided energy policy could haunt Britain for decades, and at Hinkley in north Somerset, for millennia.

Plugging the energy gap - George Osborne’s trilema

Posted by Graham Thompson — 31 March 2016 at 7:00pm - Comments
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For a long time, many environmentalists were concerned that government efforts to clean up the world’s energy supply were a bit one-sided, in that we were getting on quite well with half the problem – generating clean energy. Meanwhile the other more important half – not generating dirty energy – was being largely ignored.

But here in the UK things have suddenly inverted in a dramatic fashion. Because by the end of this year, we will have 10 fewer gigawatts of coal power than we had at the start of 2015.

7 Questions EDF Needs to Answer About Hinkley Nuclear Plant

Posted by Kate Blagojevic — 22 March 2016 at 12:56pm - Comments
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We've been campaigning for the government to drop Hinkley and invest in renewable energy instead

Tomorrow morning, the saga that is Hinkley nuclear power station is set to continue as executives from EDF will face a grilling from MPs in parliament.

New petition: Stop Hinkley nuclear plant and spend the money on renewable instead

Posted by Richard Casson — 7 March 2016 at 7:49pm - Comments
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If you tuned into the news this morning you might have heard how Hinkley nuclear plant has suffered a further blow. The finance director for EDF, the French energy firm that plans to build the nuclear reactor, has resigned amid rumours that going ahead with the new nuclear plant could leave the company in ruins.

The Long March Back to the 20th Century

Posted by Graham Thompson — 26 November 2015 at 12:58pm - Comments
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Whilst the influence of George Osborne on energy and environment policies has long been of concern, the progress made on the international stage by Blair and Prescott, and on the domestic front by Miliband’s Climate Change Act, plus the restraining influence of the Lib Dems during the coalition, have meant that that the UK’s progress on climate issues has been substantial enough to take time and effort to undo.

However, Osborne has the time, and appears to be putting in the effort.

If we don’t speak up, solar power in the UK will face a cloudy future

Posted by Richard Casson — 20 October 2015 at 2:56pm - Comments
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There was a time when it was rare to see solar power on rooftops here in the UK. Our cloudy skies and the high cost of panels meant the technology was out of reach in all but the sunniest parts of the country.

But over the last decade, things have changed dramatically.

Local power to the local people

Posted by Graham Thompson — 13 August 2015 at 11:58am - Comments
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There's nothing for you here.

Greenpeace think that energy policy the world over should be localised and democratised. Not only is it more efficient to generate power near where it’s going to be used, but giving communities some control over their power supply has numerous other advantages, many of which are being smugly illustrated on a daily basis by Germany.

The top five green policies that weren't in the budget

Posted by sgelmini — 18 March 2015 at 12:36pm - Comments
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In 2009, George Osborne told us that if he became Chancellor "the treasury will become a green ally, not a foe." There appears to have been some confusion about what is expected of a 'green ally', so, to clarify things, here's what he should have done.

Whose side are you on, George?

Posted by doug — 12 December 2013 at 6:29pm - Comments

One of the most important policy decisions on energy and climate change facing the Government is the obscurely titled ‘Fourth Carbon Budget’. This sets the amount of greenhouse gas that UK can emit during the period 2023-2027. It’s required to be set under the 2008 Climate Change Act.

Why is it important? Because the budget determines the UK’s level of ambition on climate change.

Not-quite-instant karma's gonna get you

Posted by Graham Thompson — 23 April 2013 at 12:21pm - Comments
George Osborne slightly overwhelmed
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Osborne feeling slightly overwhelmed

This week, the Office of National Statistics will tell us if Britain has slipped into a triple dip recession, and if the news is grim we may be treated to the sight of George Osborne – the most stridently anti-environment chancellor for a generation – blaming it all on climate change.

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