It is surprising that the nuclear industry remains without a seat around the table at COP26. They deserve to be an integral part of the negotiation.
The Business Secretary needs to review the mesh of subsidies, regulations, penalty taxes and import arrangements that passes for an energy policy.
It won’t be sufficient to cover the costs just for the lowest income voters – most voters will need environmentally sustainable options to be heavily subsided.
It is about to embark on an ambitious plan for net zero carbon emissions when we can least afford it. There may be a more affordable option.
The sad truth is that many local Labour councils and local bureaucracies don’t want it: they’re scared of it.
The calling-in of a planning application to open a coalmine at Whitehaven suggests prioritising green optics over Northern livelihoods.
The saga shows how vulnerable Britain’s planning system can be to high profile, articulate pressure groups.
Our five year electoral cycle is driving MPs to compete for short-term green subsidies without questioning the medium-term consequences.
Enhancing its domestic production can help “level up” Britain and reduce the carbon footprint from imports.
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.