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UK energy policy puts lives at risk

UK Snowstorm Deaths

Journalists are quick to tell us about the days on which we burned little or no coal at all (for electricity generation).  They are more reticent when it comes reporting times when coal provides a quarter of our electricity and prevents a national catastrophe. That, in effect, is what happened …

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Remind me again, what was Plan B?

Gas flame

Plan A, you will remember, was that the UK was going to use its massive reserves of gas as a transition fuel to fill the gap between phasing out coal and bringing in a new generation of renewables and nuclear power.  Hydraulic fracturing was going to be the game changer; …

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A Neoliberal approach to energy

Power cut

There is a school of thought (Neoliberalism) that holds that it does not matter if domestic jobs are exported to, say, China.  Other jobs will be created elsewhere in the economy, and we will all benefit from cheaper imported goods.  There is another school of thought that holds that if you …

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In Britain, unprofitable fracking is green energy

Green electricity relies on inertia

Renewable energy is usually presented as the sensible alternative to domestic (fracking) gas.  However, in Britain at least, the two are essential components of the same suite of technologies.  This is because of the poor choices made by the UK government that force solar and wind energy to go hand …

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