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Posts Tagged: Energy
David Gauke: Big Government is back. It didn’t work before. It may not now. Here’s why we should be wary of it.
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.
Darren Grimes: Since we must use coal, why import it all – when we could instead create jobs by mining it in the North-East?
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.
Tony Lodge: Britain’s creaking, outdated energy system has been exposed by this crisis. It’s time for a greener future.
While the pandemic has been challenging for the National Grid, it also presents the perfect opportunity for change.
We need to install more electric vehicle charging points, plant kelp farms, and offer Council Tax discounts for environmentally-friendly gardening.
James Frayne: More welfare spending. A business tax avoidance clampdown. The new economic policy that voters will want.
One area that has had relatively little attention, but could get much more, is the behaviour of commercial landlords across the country.
Plus: As of writing, I’ve had hardly any communications at all from constituents about the Coronavirus.
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.
Our survey. Over half of Party members give a thumbs-up to fracking – so dissenting from Johnson’s manifesto.
They don’t believe that the Government’s moratorium on it is justified by the evidence about safety.
Reshuffle 3) Chris White: It isn’t just Ministers who get fired. A third of SpAds are set to lose their jobs.
There will be some bruised personalities on the backbenches who will need careful managing over the next few months, and I hear that Spencer is already on the job.
To make the most of the policy’s potential, Government must pair it with a raft of other reforms.
Tony Lodge: Britain’s dirty emissions secret – carbon leakage. Here’s what it is and how to tackle it.
We must now consider targeting particular carbon intensive goods and power supplies which are imported and carry a large transport and transmission footprint.
The Rolls-Royce concept has the potential to plug a gap in the UK’s low-carbon power requirements.
Ted Christie-Miller: Forget net-zero – if China doesn’t step up on climate change, it’s all for nothing
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.