Post-Covid, the environment is likely to be egalitarian and interventionist. For libertarian, small state Eurosceptics, this must come as a disappointment.
Darren Grimes’ proposal to re-open the mines would produce fewer jobs, attract less investment, and sell our region short.
In 2018, just to transport 4.7million tonnes of Russian coal was equivalent to a whopping 130 jumbo jets whizzing, non-stop, around the globe for a year.
The production of reusable PPE in such places as Rother Valley would tie in with the North’s vital role in the UK’s green recovery.
Shotley Bridge hospital was mentioned in Parliament three times in ten years by my predecessors; and as often by me in the last six months.
When the UK claims to be reducing its greenhouse gas emissions it is often simply offshoring them.
Our priorities were: tackling global climate change, solving Grand Challenges and making the UK the best place in the world to work and to grow a business.
We must now consider targeting particular carbon intensive goods and power supplies which are imported and carry a large transport and transmission footprint.
If China reduced only its coal consumption by half, that would be the equivalent of the whole European Union, including the UK, going carbon neutral.
We are taking a massive step forward by introducing new Environmental, Social and Governance regulations, or ESG for short.
Saving our planet will require a very eclectic bunch of policies. The task calls for moral courage and grinding common-sense.
The Shadow Local Government Secretary won’t say if a Labour council in Cumbria was right or wrong to give approval to such a development.
The Gilets Jaunes protests are not just a challenge to his tax policy, but to the democratically elected government of France. He must hit back.
Britain has a proud environmental record. Here is another opportunity to lead the world.
We have the technology. Being a world leader in carbon capture and storage attractive can make us a destination for inward investment in clean energy.