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If you really hate wind farms, David Cameron won’t help you

16 April 2014 14:32

The Prime Minister is planning to cap the total number of onshore wind farms in Britain. But what would limiting the number of wind farms to those in existence or… Continue reading

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David Cameron tours a Total shale site in Lincolnshire. (AFP PHOTO/Lindsey Parnaby.)

The potential of shale – in the fight against climate change…

14 April 2014 18:27

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published a report earlier this morning which contains a remarkable insight. Ottmar Edenhofer, head of the IPCC working group, told a press… Continue reading

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World Leaders Meet For G8 Summit AT Lough Erne

Ukraine increases mistrust and misinformation between Russia and the West

14 April 2014 8:48

The tense situation in Ukraine has escalated overnight. A deadline has passed for pro-Russian agitators to vacate government buildings in eastern Ukraine or face military action. There is no indication… Continue reading

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Natural Gas Prices In Midwest Could Jump Over 70% After Katrina

PMQs: who will take credit for SSE’s price freeze?

26 March 2014 11:58

Perhaps both David Cameron and Ed Miliband will try to take credit for SSE’s announcement that it is freezing its prices until 2016 when they tussle at PMQs. Number 10… Continue reading

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The government has tied itself in knots about what it does and doesn't want energy suppliers to do. Picture: Getty

How to disempower the Big Six energy companies

22 March 2014 14:25

I believe in free markets, but there are some markets that don’t work properly.  Where competition has not prevailed in favour of the consumer. Where customers are too weak, companies… Continue reading

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Time to switch energy companies say ministers

17 March 2014 17:07

Both coalition parties remain scarred by the political potency of Ed Miliband’s pledge to freeze energy prices. They are determined to do what they can to stop this issue gaining… Continue reading

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Three Powers

Our own folly may yet lead us to a second dishonourable Yalta

13 March 2014 10:39

‘He was back after less than two years’ pilgrimage in a Holy Land of illusion in the old ambiguous world, where priests were spies and gallant friends proved traitors and… Continue reading

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How America’s shale gas revolution makes Putin ever weaker

5 March 2014 10:02

Once or twice every century something good happens to Russia, but then another long night of suffering closes over the great Asian wastes. In 1917, the Russians managed to overthrow… Continue reading

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David Cameron is dangerously complacent on shale gas regulation

16 January 2014 11:13

Late on Tuesday afternoon, and within minutes of each other, two separate hearings in the Palace of Westminster examined the prospects for shale gas in the UK. In the upper… Continue reading

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Fracking incentives ‘pathetic’ and ‘insulting’, Tory MP warns

13 January 2014 9:24

Many plaudits this morning for ministers such as Michael Fallon who have catalysed the government’s push ahead with fracking. The only question, though, is whether enthusiasm in Whitehall will translate… Continue reading

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Eggborough power station (Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty)

The Climate Change Act will do untold damage to British industry

16 December 2013 15:28

‘A very good deal for Britain,’ is how Ed Davey described the contract with EDF and Chinese backers to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset,… Continue reading

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Ed Davey’s energy policy claims another victim

14 December 2013 17:22

At last week’s Spectator energy conference Michael Fallon appeared to steer government policy away from green ideology and in a more business and consumer-friendly direction.   But there was to… Continue reading

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An exploratory shale oil drilling site. (FRANCOIS BECKER/AFP/Getty Images)

Fracking debate: ‘Let’s peek into this pandora’s box’

3 December 2013 14:50

At last night’s Spectator debate, the audience voted dramatically in favour of the motion Let’s Get Fracking! Despite impassioned speeches from Green party leader Natalie Bennett, Greenpeace’s Joss Garman, and Craig… Continue reading

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Fallon: green energy isn’t the government’s energy priority

3 December 2013 7:27

Michael Fallon is the Spectator’s Minister of the Year, nicknamed the ‘Minister for Royal Shale’ for his dual role in the privatisation of the postal service and getting fracking going… Continue reading

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We can reduce carbon emissions, but we can’t afford Labour’s targets

2 December 2013 12:15

If Britain is to meet its self-imposed carbon-reduction targets it means the end of coal by 2030. Things aren’t looking much brighter for the coalition. The deep fissure between Liberal Democrat-driven green… Continue reading

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Ed Davey focuses fire on Labour – for now

2 December 2013 9:07

Of all the ministers involved in the Coalition negotiations over energy bills, Ed Davey has had quite the worst experience. He has had to water down his conference bullishness about… Continue reading

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Latest Tory energy stance gives ground to Labour

29 November 2013 9:11

One of the techniques that horror writers employ to make their novels as frightening as possible is to avoid describing their monster in any great detail. Read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,… Continue reading

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Renewable costs on bills to double due to European target

22 November 2013 10:44

As officials try to meet the Prime Minister’s promise to roll back the ‘green levies’ and cut the ‘green crap’, lots of attention has focused on the Energy Company Obligation (ECO),… Continue reading

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Today's Sun front page, announcing the Prime Minister intends to 'get rid of the green crap'

Why the Right is wrong about ‘the green crap’

21 November 2013 13:05

The Conservative flirtation with environmentalism was never much more than a branding exercise. Now it is over. Today David Cameron wants to ‘cut the green crap’. Perhaps the Prime Minister… Continue reading

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Darrel Piper, keeping warm in his Dumfries home thanks to Christmas decorations.

Christmas lights are not the answer to expensive energy

18 November 2013 17:24

It’s tough in Scotland. Faced with the prospect of a bitingly cold winter, fuel poverty and abandoning the Union, some of its residents have taken extreme measures to survive. ITV… Continue reading

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Greenpeace activists in Warsaw hold pictures of their comrades currently held by the Russian government. (JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Are climate change talks getting dirty?

14 November 2013 17:37

Warsaw – As reports flood in of devastation in the Philippines,  pressure is growing on ministers attending United Nations talks in Poland to prove that on-going climate change talks are not a… Continue reading

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The View from 22 podcast: Blackout Britain, the rudeness of John Bercow and breaking the immigration taboo

14 November 2013 9:03

Is Britain on the verge of an energy crisis? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Mail on Sunday’s David Rose discusses how Britain’s choice green energy over efficient… Continue reading

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The next phase in the energy debate will depend on the contents of George Osborne's Autumn Statement.

While we wait for George Osborne, Grant Shapps takes to Buzzfeed to talk about energy policy

12 November 2013 15:30

The energy debate is in stasis. Everything, it seems, hangs on the contents of the Autumn Statement. EDF has announced a price rise; bills will go up by an average 3.9 per… Continue reading

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A shale gas drilling rig in Blackpool. Picture: Getty

There mustn’t be a north / south divide when it comes to fracking

9 November 2013 18:03

Michael Fallon, who among his many roles is the minister in charge of fracking, has told the Telegraph’s Jame Kirkup that ‘right across the South’ people should prepare for fracking… Continue reading

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Npower boss warns that price freeze could mean lights out

8 November 2013 16:33

Ed Miliband’s energy freeze pledge won him ‘political speech of the year’ but has had the unintended (yet inevitable) consequence of throwing the energy market into a spasm. The head… Continue reading

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