Shifting heating and transport to electric devices only disguises emissions unless they are powered by a clean grid – and even if not, the extra demand on the system will require vast amounts of new cables and pylons.
We face a situation where getting each project over the line is iteratively harder and no sooner is a project approved by the Secretary of State but a series of judicial reviews land from community groups.
A fairer deal for those who have to tolerate new power lines and pylons is the best way to reach Net Zero and secure Britain’s energy supply.
None of Vince’s presuppositions about the project – that the technology, the economy, and the public are on side – stand up to scrutiny.
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.
We are rapidly approaching the point at which these so-called ‘experts’ can no longer plausibly deny the overwhelming evidence that offshore wind is both extremely expensive and not becoming appreciably less so.
It is absurd to set a strictly political timetable for the wholesale transfer of an industrial economy to unproven technologies.
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.
The UK must reduce its dependence on gas by promoting nuclear energy and renewables, Tory leadership candidate says.
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.
Managing costs, appeasing consumers, and diversifying our energy supply are all crucial to ensuring the target can be met with voters’ consent.
The Government’s ‘Energy Security Strategy’ may well deliver long-term energy security. But it will do almost nothing for squeezed households right now.