None of Vince’s presuppositions about the project – that the technology, the economy, and the public are on side – stand up to scrutiny.
We might get the most optimal outcomes from the Independent Net Zero Review by extracting the best of it and focusing our efforts. Let’s prioritise those priorities.
Commentators focus their attention on the Red or Blue walls, but the Conservatives shouldn’t turn their backs on the green bridge of voters in both camps, especially when we have a strong record on climate and the environment.
Energy wonks like to equate reforming the electricity market to replacing the engine of an aeroplane in mid-flight. Let us hope that Britain’s new pilots are up to the task.
Policy Exchange proposes a Tiered Energy Relief Scheme: restructuring household energy bills for a six-month period, saving the average household up to £936, at a nationwide cost ceiling of £26.6 billion.
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 Chancellor should not feel constrained by the OBR’s forecasts into limiting the actions he can take.
The Russian invasion in Ukraine is not a reason to give up on it. Rather, it is a reason to redouble efforts to get there as quickly as possible.
Our troubles will be compounded by Ministers’ import promotion policies, most pronounced in the Business, Energy and Agriculture departments.
We need to think a little less about the targets, and much more about what people can afford.
We must extract more domestic gas, stop importing more untaxed electricity – and turbo-charge new nuclear power.
Ministers must take their heads out of the sand and actively support the development of synthetic fuels in parallel with the development of battery electric vehicles.