• Anything Goes: Lord Stern Joins Coal And Oil Companies In New Climate Venture

    • Date: 24/09/15
    • Pilita Clark, Financial Times

    The oil group, Royal Dutch Shell, has teamed up with the McKinsey management consultancy and other large companies to advise governments on how to combat global warming without weakening their economies. Coal miner BHP Billiton, the US General Electric conglomerate and at least two big environmental groups are also backing a $6m “energy transitions commission” […]

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  • DECC Attacks Anti-Fracking Lobby

    • Date: 23/09/15
    • Department of Energy & Climate Change

    Shale gas – an inconvenient truth for the anti-fracking lobby Energy strategy in Britain has three big goals; keeping the lights on, keeping the bills down, and moving to a clean energy future. We need to meet the UK’s rising demand for energy, using clean and low carbon energy sources if we are to continue […]

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  • CBI Concerned About Britain’s Green Policy Reversals

    • Date: 22/09/15
    • Pillita Clark, Financial Times

    A slew of green policy reversals has sapped the UK’s hard-won credibility on climate change just when it matters most globally, the head of the country’s biggest business lobby group has warned. John Cridland, director-general of the CBI, said the moves had sent a “worrying signal” about the UK as it prepared to join nearly 200 countries […]

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  • China’s Cheap Coal And UK’s Climate Policy Are Killing British Steel Industry

    • Date: 21/09/15
    • Andrew Critchlow, The Daily Telegraph

    After 160 years, steel making on Teesside is in danger of coming to a full stop. But the root cause of its demise lies in China, not the North. One handicap facing British producers is the high cost of energy. Chinese steel mills benefit from cheap domestically-produced metallurgical coal and they do not have to meet any […]

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  • UK Paves Path For West’s First China-Designed Nuclear Reactor

    • Date: 21/09/15
    • George Parker and Christopher Adams, Financial Times

    The UK has opened the way for the first Chinese-designed nuclear power plant in the west, saying Beijing could use Britain to launch a global rollout of its technology. “It’s a lot of money compared to coal, but we want a source of low-carbon electricity.” Amber Rudd, energy secretary, said she wanted Beijing to take the […]

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  • UK Agrees £2 Billion Taxpayer Subsidy For Nuclear Power Project

    • Date: 21/09/15
    • Robin Pagnamenta , The Times

    The government has moved to shore up flagging support for Britain’s first new nuclear power station in 20 years with a £2 billion support package for Hinkley Point C. The financing guarantee, backed by taxpayers, was announced as George Osborne arrived in China for final talks about the troubled project to build two giant 1.6-gigawatt […]

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  • Steel Bosses Blame Green Taxes For Jobs Crisis

    • Date: 20/09/15
    • Jon Rees, Mail on Sunday

    Steel bosses have blamed green taxes levied by the UK and European Union for tipping a steel plant into crisis threatening 3,000 jobs. The plant in Redcar, Teesside owned by Thai industrial group SSI, is on the brink of closure in what is a high unemployment region.Managers at the plant said on Friday that they […]

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  • Scottish Nationalists At War Over Fracking

    • Date: 17/09/15
    • Paris Gourtsoyannis, The Times

    SNP members are preparing to take on Nicola Sturgeon’s government over fracking in a highly unusual public show of rebellion within the nationalist party. In the most significant internal challenge to the controversial extraction practice, seven SNP activists, including a sitting councillor, have called on fellow members to back their bid for an outright ban. […]

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