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Anti-fracking protestors outside Balcombe in West Sussex earlier this year. (AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL)

Presumption against fracking in our beautiful countryside is welcome

28 July 2014 12:12

The government’s announcement today that fracking will not take place in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty save ‘in exceptional circumstances and where it can be demonstrated they… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s grey-haired gamble

21 July 2014 9:15

George Osborne has been in retail mode this morning, selling his pension reforms and explaining how pensioners can unlock their life’s savings. The Chancellor has said that the Treasury will… Continue reading

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Eggborough power station (Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty)

Jean-Claude Juncker’s biggest challenge: energy

11 July 2014 12:37

‘Energy is the single biggest issue facing Jean-Claude Juncker,’ remarked a seasoned Eurocrat to me earlier this week. Europe’s energy infrastructure is decrepit and insular. Rates of cross-border interconnection, for… Continue reading

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Save on your energy bills with The Spectator – and help fix the broken market

13 June 2014 15:10

In a healthy, competitive market, prices go down when costs go down. Not in the energy market. As Ofgem announced this week, the wholesale cost of gas and electricity has… Continue reading

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

The government needs to attack the enemies of energy consumers, including Ed Miliband

11 June 2014 15:10

‘I don’t know why energy companies invest in Britain,’ said a former energy minister to me a couple of weeks ago. He was referring to the lack of progress on… Continue reading

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Cut your energy bills with The Spectator

6 June 2014 17:05

Here’s something that you won’t read often in The Spectator: Ed Miliband is right. Britain’s energy market is broken, and a small number of big companies have the upper hand… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Speaks About The NHS

David Cameron’s sacred cows exposed by Freakonomics

16 May 2014 13:30

There’s an interesting bit in the first chapter of Think Like a Freak, (Allen Lane, £12.99), from the Freakonomics duo, Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner in which the… Continue reading

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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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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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