I don’t think that we serve our children or planet well giving in to the counsel of despair. Tackling it is more akin to an engineering challenge – one we know we can do.
The moral strictures of hard-line green activists are no foundation for a sensible energy policy.
This positive decision will also be a welcome sign for any Sunak-sceptic Northern MPs that he takes levelling up – and them holding their seats in 2024 – seriously.
We have seen genuine levelling up being delivered in our constituencies thanks to the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT).
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.