• For nuclear energy to flourish, we need a ‘mindset reversal’ about radiation

    • Date: 25/11/20
    • Robert Bryce, Forbes

    The future of nuclear power projects in the UK and elsewhere hinges on disabusing the public of its excessive fear of radiation.  Nuclear energy must grow – and grow rapidly – if the countries of the world are to have any hope of limiting the growth of carbon dioxide emissions.  But the growth of nuclear is being […]

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  • Boris’s “Green Industrial Revolution” is Economic Lockdown, for ever…

    • Date: 18/11/20
    • Global Warming Policy Forum

    The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF) today described the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan for a ‘Green Industrial Revolution’ as shallow gesture politics, but a gesture with severely negative economic implications from day one into the foreseeable future. And we know that this will happen because all previous attempts to create a viable green economy […]

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  • Webinar: ‘How effective are carbon taxes?’

    • Date: 17/11/20
    • The Global Warming Policy Forum

    Tuesday 17th November: 5pm GMT/ 12pm EST/ 9am PST The idea of a ‘carbon tax’ has been seen by many as a free-market approach to the issue of tackling climate change. The idea is that by taxing everyone the same amount for emitting one tonne of carbon dioxide, the market will drive emissions reductions in […]

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  • Wind Power Economics: Rhetoric and Reality

    • Date: 10/11/20
    • Gordon Hughes, Renewable Energy Foundation

    I have collected data for more than 350 SPVs responsible for wind projects that have filed accounts since 2005. The dataset is unique and provides the basis for a detailed analysis of the actual costs of wind power. The following is the text accompanying the talk given by Professor Gordon Hughes, School of Economics, University […]

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  • Colder weather and low winds expose UK electricity system weakness

    • Date: 06/11/20
    • Dr John Constable, GWPF Energy Editor

    The sudden onset of cold weather has brought more clear evidence that the United Kingdom’s wind-dominated Electricity System is weak and extremely expensive to run. A high pressure system has resulted in unexpectedly low levels of wind power, low temperatures, and higher demand. Consequently, generation margins are low, resulting in repeated System Warnings from National […]

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  • Rupert Darwall: Suckered by Big Wind in the UK

    • Date: 29/10/20
    • Rupert Darwall, Real Clear Energy

    The claim of ‘cheap’ cost is the biggest wind con of all.  Earlier this month, British prime minister Boris Johnson pledged that offshore wind – cheaper than goal and gas, he claimed – would power every home in Britain by 2030. “Your kettle, your washing machine, your cooker, your heating, your plug-in electric vehicle – the whole […]

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  • Wisdom of hydrogen called into question

    • Date: 22/10/20
    • Transport Xtra

    The government’s enthusiasm for a hydrogen economy, including for fuelling lorries, buses and trains, will either generate huge quantities of carbon dioxide or come at huge expense, a critic has said.  Writing in The Spectator, Andrew Montford, deputy director of the Global Warming Policy Foundation think tank, said the attractions of hydrogen were “mostly a […]

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  • Hywind, low economics: The cost of floating offshore wind power

    • Date: 16/10/20
    • Andrew Montford, GWPF

    Yesterday, I wrote about the financial travails of the Kincardine Floating Windfarm and the eye watering bill that is going to have to be paid for its construction. The cost of floating offshore wind power is, it seems, going to be high. I thought it might be interesting to look at Hywind, the UK’s first […]

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