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The Conundrum that is BECCS (Part 3 of a 3-part blog)

At its simplest, Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) sounds like the go-to climate solution: convert your coal or gas-fired power station to burn biomass. Source that biomass from fast-growing ‘sustainable forests’, with as many new carbon-sequestering trees planted as are cut down –…

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CCS: A Devious and Damaging Distraction (Part 1 of a 3-part blog)

For as long as I can remember, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) has been promoted as a way of making it possible for us to go on using fossil fuels without further destabilizing the climate. By capturing the emissions of from the combustion of these fossil fuels BEFORE they're released into the…

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Nuclear Energy:Nuclear Weapons – the Inseparable Link

I first took an interest in Greenpeace back in 1973, before I joined Friends of the Earth, CND and the Green Party (then the Ecology Party) a year later. I’d followed the campaigns against the testing of nuclear weapons in Amchitka (one of the Aleutian islands in Alaska), and then in the French…

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Getting Real About Net Zero

When it comes to understanding the true nature of Net Zero by 2050, I have one huge request: could everybody please stop flourishing their particular ‘get out of jail free’ cards – whether that’s a nuclear card, or a hydrogen card, or a 100% renewable electricity (100% RE) card.

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Energy Policymaking in the UK: Ill-Informed and Incoherent

In March 2012, four former Directors of Friends of the Earth (myself, Tom Burke, Charles Secrett and Tony Juniper) wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron to warn him that the pro-nuclear bias of his advisors across government posed a significant risk to the Government’s ability to fashion a coherent…

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Net Zero Without Nuclear: the Case Against Nuclear Power

Even as the prospects for nuclear power continue to decline, the industry is spending more and more money seeking to persuade Governments, commentators and ‘gullible greenies’ that we’re going to need new nuclear power to get us to a Net Zero economy by 2050. I’ve spent the last six months looking…

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