Climate change

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What fossil fuel subsidies?

18 June 2012 13:30

The environmental movement hasn’t responded well to the setbacks it has suffered seen since the failure of the Copenhagen climate conference.  The #endfossilfuelsubsidies campaign — trending worldwide on Twitter this… Continue reading

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Osborne versus wind farms

3 June 2012 14:30

Here’s a U-turn that we can all welcome: felling the wind farms. Matt Ridley described, in a Spectator cover story some while ago, how George Osborne has turned against them. Today, the… Continue reading

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Downfall

15 April 2012 9:45

It did not take long. Last month, Matt Ridley argued in a Spectator cover story that the wind farm agenda is in effect dead, having collapsed under the weight of its… Continue reading

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The green squeeze

18 February 2012 16:57

Bjorn Lomborg’s article on why Germany is cutting back on its support for solar power is well worth reading and has clear implication for this country’s debate about energy policy.… Continue reading

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Lawson: Abolish DECC

8 February 2012 10:21

Did we need to replace Chris Huhne at all? Nigel Lawson, a former editor of The Spectator (amongst other things), has an intriguing idea in a letter to today’s FT:… Continue reading

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The Climate Change Committee’s suspiciously opaque report

15 December 2011 15:30

The Climate Change Committee, a quango set up to advise the Government on its emissions targets, make a big claim in their report today. They have, they suggest, disproved the… Continue reading

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Whatever Chris Huhne says, Durban hasn’t changed anything

12 December 2011 18:34

This morning the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) told us that the climate summit in Durban, which concluded over the weekend, has been ‘heralded a success’. As they… Continue reading

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Disappointment in Durban

5 December 2011 17:21

Will Durban break the cycle of climate change meetings that repeatedly disappoint those hoping to replace Kyoto with an upgraded model? With so much else on, most people seem to… Continue reading

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Good news! Sea levels aren’t rising dangerously

1 December 2011 16:37

This week’s Spectator cover star Nils-Axel Mörner brings some good news to a world otherwise mired in misery: sea levels are not rising dangerously – and haven’t been for at… Continue reading

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An open letter to Chris Huhne

25 November 2011 14:32

Earlier this year, the former head of the civil service, Lord Turnbull, wrote a pamphlet on climate change entitled The Really Inconvenient Truth or “It Ain’t Necessarily So”. It was… Continue reading

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The policies behind your energy bills

15 November 2011 17:30

It may be a week old, but last Monday’s episode of Panorama really is worth putting half-an-hour aside for, if you haven’t seen it already. Its subject was energy prices,… Continue reading

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Osborne’s carbon conceits

3 October 2011 15:33

George Osborne told a Conservative Party increasingly wary of expensive climate policies that Britain needs to "cut [its] carbon emissions no slower but also no faster than our fellow countries… Continue reading

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The green threat to growth

26 September 2011 16:03

Luciana Berger is a frequent speaker at this year’s conference and her creed is simple: tax energy use to tackle climate change. But, journey along the Mersey, from the glamorous fringe… Continue reading

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Tories hit back at Huhne and his policies

20 September 2011 18:34

Chris Huhne can always be guaranteed to grate. Several Conservatives have cracked wry smiles at the energy secretary’s comments about the “Tory Tea Party tendency”. Mark Pritchard quipped that plenty… Continue reading

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Huhne, the Lib Dems’ black comedian

20 September 2011 14:22

Today we got the black comedy follow up to Sarah Teather’s stand-up routine.  Chris Huhne is going to drive down our energy bills! For those of us wondering how families… Continue reading

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Let Them Eat Carbon

16 September 2011 15:50

After a Spectator debate on climate change in March, Fraser Nelson wrote about whether or not we should try to engage in the debate ourselves or “trust the expert”. Simon Singh had… Continue reading

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Huhne pooh-poohs rising energy bills as ‘nonsense’

10 July 2011 15:04

Chris Huhne was on the Andrew Marr show this morning. As you might expect on a day when the Sunday Telegraph broke the news that fuel bills will boom by 30… Continue reading

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The danger of unbalanced trade with China

27 June 2011 17:07

The Chinese premier seems to like cars; the Chinese in general seem to like cars. China has bought MG in Britain and Volvo in Sweden, to which it has just… Continue reading

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In England’s green and pleasant land

30 May 2011 15:02

What do the TUC, heavy industry and the European Commission have in common? This is not the start of a bad joke; the answer is that they all oppose the government’s… Continue reading

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The battle over the 4th carbon budget

16 May 2011 17:58

At the weekend, it appeared that Chris Huhne had won his battle with Vince Cable and George Osborne over whether or not the government should sign up to the 4th… Continue reading

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Monbiot’s mission

5 April 2011 16:30

George Monbiot is undergoing an astounding and very public transformation. Last week he overcame the habit of a lifetime and fully endorsed nuclear power as a safe energy source. He… Continue reading

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When it comes to global warming, rational debate is what we need

31 March 2011 15:37

We had a sell-out debate on global warming at The Spectator on Tuesday and, as I found out this morning, the debate is still going on. The teams were led… Continue reading

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Tinkering with solar panel subsidy risks making bad policy worse

19 February 2011 18:57

The fallout from Chris Huhne’s sudden review of the government’s system of subsidies for small-scale renewable energy gathers momentum. Solar firms, who built business cases on the system of subsidies,… Continue reading

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Debunking the Antarctica myths

17 February 2011 9:04

In January 2009, Nature magazine ran the a cover story (pictured) conveying dramatic news about Antarctica: that most of it had warmed significantly over the last half-century. For years, the… Continue reading

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A flooded world

17 January 2011 16:41

It looks like the opening of a Hollywood disaster film. The South African government has declared parts of the country disaster areas, after 40 people died in floods in a… Continue reading

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