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Environment

Chancellor George Osborne And Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown Attend The Leveson Inquiry

Osborne’s latest ‘defining moment’

20 June 2012 14:45

It is always sensible to pay attention to Ben Brogan’s Telegraph column, if only because it so frequently seems to have been dictated by friendly chaps at the Treasury. Today’s… Continue reading

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End the #endfossilfuelsubsidies subsidy

19 June 2012 11:30

The European Union has been handing out grants to environmentalist groups since 1997. New research by the Taxpayers’ Alliance today shows just how much the different groups have received. The… Continue reading

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TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY HELENE COLLIOPOU

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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TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY HELENE COLLIOPOU

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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The deeper problem behind Europe’s rising carbon emissions

30 May 2012 17:49

The Government takes a lot of stick for blaming the weather when there are queues at airports or lacklustre growth figures. Now the European Union is blaming a ‘colder winter’,… Continue reading

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Science or starvation

6 May 2012 13:20

Here, for CoffeeHousers, is an extended version of the leader column in this week’s magazine. It takes on the green fundamentalism which stupidly aims to put a stop to genetically… 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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Shapps has ‘deep reservations’ about the ‘conservatory tax’

11 April 2012 11:14

There is deep unease among Tory ministers about the proposals for a so-called ‘conservatory tax’. The idea, which was pushed hard by Chris Huhne when he was Energy Secretary, is… Continue reading

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JET — three letters that spell trouble for the coalition

10 March 2012 13:13

JEET. That, according to Andrew Grice in the Independent, is the new ‘buzzword’ circling around Libdemville (population: 57 MPs, and a few others). And it stands for the issues that… Continue reading

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The Matt Ridley Prize is open to everyone

6 March 2012 10:58

The 2013 Matt Ridley Prize is now open. Click here for more details. We’ve already had some entries for the £8,500 Matt Ridley Prize for Environmental Heresy, and an inquiry… Continue reading

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Announcing the Matt Ridley Prize for Environmental Heresy

1 March 2012 8:08

The 2013 Matt Ridley Prize is now open. Click here for more details. Matt Ridley has long deplored the wind farm delusion, and was appalled when a family trust was paid… 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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An important intervention on energy policies, but will the Lib Dems pay attention?

6 February 2012 12:48

The economist Dieter Helm is one of the few policy thinkers respected on both sides of the coalition. Oliver Letwin is a long-standing friend of his and Clegg’s office views… Continue reading

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A slight change of heart on HS2?

3 December 2011 17:49

There’s been an intriguing, if minor, development in the HS2 case this afternoon. The Guardian reports that the Department of Transport has miraculously found £500 million to spend on 1.5 miles… Continue reading

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How will Greening deal with the airports issue?

16 October 2011 14:09

One Cabinet minister fretted to me yesterday about the implications of Justine Greening’s appointment as Secretary of State for Transport. Their worry was not Greening’s position on the Tory ideological… 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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Eric’ll fix it

30 September 2011 9:10

The papers report that Eric Pickles has beaten Caroline Spelman: bins will be collected on a weekly basis. Back in June, James reported how the DCLG and DEFRA were opposed… 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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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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A missed opportunity to strengthen the Big Society in rural areas

8 June 2011 17:44

David Cameron came into power promising to deliver the greenest government ever and this week the government published its Natural Environment White Paper. In his article on this site, Richard… Continue reading

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Valuing the natural world

7 June 2011 17:11

Today, the government launched its Natural Environment White Paper. This document is a vision for how we value and use nature, now and in the future. The public was heavily… Continue reading

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Another European squabble looms

13 May 2011 13:07

There is much excitement in Westminster at the moment about Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s campaign to end ‘discards’ under the Common Fisheries Policy. DEFRA and non-governmental organisations estimate that perhaps as much… 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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