• Steel Bosses Warned Cameron Five Years Ago That Green Taxes Risked Industry

    • Date: 30/10/15
    • Andy Richardson, The Northern Echo

    STEEL bosses warned David Cameron five years ago that energy taxes would risk thousands of jobs on Teesside, but ministers ignored the pleas as they were determined to lead ‘the greenest government in history’. SSI Steelworks in Redcar was among the firms hit with green taxes that David Cameron has now agreed to ease. Picture: […]

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  • Britain Cuts Tax Relief For Community Green Energy Schemes

    • Date: 29/10/15
    • Aisha Gani, The Guardian

    The government plans to cut tax reliefs for community energy schemes to build new renewable power capacity such as solar and wind in a move that will deal a further blow to the UK’s embattled renewables sector, green campaigners have warned. The Treasury is to remove tax reliefs of 30% or more for community energy schemes that […]

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  • EU Delays Green Regulation To Save Steel Industry

    • Date: 28/10/15
    • Michael Bow, The Independent

    The UK’s battered steel industry has been given a boost after two under-threat steel plants were offered a four-and-half-year reprieve from costly European Union regulations that could have put them out of business.  Steel plants in Scunthorpe and Port Talbot will now be given until the middle of 2019 to meet the requirements, known as the […]

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  • Green Madness: Steel Industry ‘Likely To Die’, Trade Body Boss Tells MPs

    • Date: 28/10/15
    • Press Association

    The steel industry is like a patient on an operating table and is “likely to die” without urgent help, the Government has been told. The stark warning was given by Gareth Stace, director of trade body UK Steel during evidence to a committee of MPs. He said that a fifth of the sector’s UK workforce […]

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  • UK Parliament To Debate Abolition Of Department of Energy and Climate Change

    • Date: 26/10/15
    • Robin Pagnamenta, The Times

    In Whitehall parlance it is known as “mogging” — slamming together or scrapping departments to save cash. Speculation about machinery of government changes is set to reach a fever pitch this week as MPs debate a private member’s bill on the abolition of the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The bill, introduced by the […]

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  • Britain’s Power Failure

    • Date: 25/10/15
    • Danny Fortson, The Sunday Times

    The average household energy bill has risen to £1,344 a year, up from £954 in 2007. The increase has come despite a steep drop in fuel prices caused by America’s shale revolution. [...] On a Tuesday in late July, Amber Rudd sat down for a grilling by the Commons energy and climate change committee.The MPs […]

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  • UK Manufacturers Blame Green Taxes For Making Steel Crisis Worse

    • Date: 25/10/15
    • Jon Rees, Mail on Sunday

    A third of UK steel makers’ electricity bills are green taxes. This is set to rise to half by 2020. British steel makers’ costs far outstrip those of Continental rivals, while the European Union’s response to Chinese steel dumping is inadequate, bosses and unions will tell MPs this week. They will appear before the Business, […]

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  • The Human Race Is Doing Pretty Well. Just Look At The Data.

    • Date: 24/10/15
    • Krithika Varagur, Huffington Post

    Marian Tupy founded HumanProgress.org to show how the state of humanity has improved in almost every way over time. Stories are subjective, but numbers don’t lie, right? Marian Tupy disagrees. An economist and senior policy analyst at the libertarian CATO Institute in Washington, D.C., Tupy was born in Czechoslovakia, grew up in South Africa and […]

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