We shouldn’t assume that Tory common sense protects British conservatism. The fact is that rightwing PC — though in a different form to the US version — is making in-roads in this country too.
With the global population exploding and relative power of the west declining, we should reduce our dependence on the kindness of strangers.
The Prime Minister asked for a “grown-up” approach to energy. Here are the policies required to deliver it.
Geopolitical risks create uncertainty in energy markets as reliability is questioned, pushing up prices and creating resistance to climate change goals.
We must extract more domestic gas, stop importing more untaxed electricity – and turbo-charge new nuclear power.
Ministers have no sufficient answers to the question: ‘how do we keep the lights on?’
Central to the whole debate is the question of people’s buy in to what the transition means for their own lifestyle.
We’re closer to a greener, cleaner, safer planet, but the real success of the summit will only be determined in the years ahead.
Extending carbon pricing would serve as a constant pressure on emissions. But it won’t be enough on its own.
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.