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.

Why is the ‘party of business’ doing everything they can to damage the main growth industries of the 21st century?

Posted by Graham Thompson — 22 July 2015 at 3:02pm - Comments
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You really do need to speak to your father-in-law, George.

Coal and nuclear are dying, and the future of energy lies in solar. This isn’t a Guardian reader’s fantasy, this is the established trend in energy markets. This isn’t a declaration of victory over carbon dioxide either – the trend isn’t fast enough to stop catastrophic climate change, at least not yet – but it’s useful information for policy makers. Unless you’re George Osborne, in which case it’s time to plough the nation’s remaining finances into life support for nuclear and coal whilst standing athwart history yelling ‘STOP!’ 

Energy Bill: too close to call

Posted by Richardg — 4 June 2013 at 2:20pm - Comments
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MPs are deciding whether a clean power target should be included in the Energy Bill. Will they back clean renewable power, or a costly, dirty dash for gas?

George Osborne is putting our energy future at risk. Let's stop him.

Posted by Richardg — 29 May 2013 at 5:30pm - Comments
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George Osborne can't take his foot off the gas

For once, we all agree. 82% of people want to see more renewable energy. Yet George Osborne is still trying to keep us hooked on fossil fuels. On Tuesday, MPs must pick a side.

The alternative Autumn Statement

Posted by Richardg — 5 December 2012 at 3:34pm - Comments

This morning, the Chancellor George Osborne gave his Autumn Statement. People on Twitter say he's launched a dash for gas that would wreck our climate targets and make us the Dirty Man of Europe all over again.

MPs vow to fight for clean electricity as the Energy Bill is published

Posted by Richardg — 29 November 2012 at 4:32pm - Comments
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The government has finally published the long-awaited Energy Bill. There's much to like, but it's still missing that vital commitment to clean electricity.

Record wind power generation in Spain

Posted by petespeller — 9 October 2012 at 12:04pm - Comments
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On a windy night in September, whilst most people were sleeping, wind power reached a record of 64.2% of Spain’s electricity demand.

Will Nick Clegg stand up for the Climate Change Act and stop the dash for gas?

Posted by Richardg — 26 July 2012 at 11:15am - Comments
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Davey and Clegg need to commit to carbon-free electricity by 2030

The future of the UK's energy supply - and our ability to hold back climate change emissions in Britain - is hanging in the balance. Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems must intervene to protect the Climate Change Act from George Osborne and his mates in the gas lobby.

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