The Campaign to Stop Fracking Moves on – to the Vale of Ryedale!

(With reference to my blog last week, the Sheffield tree story is now reaching a crunch point. Last week, Green Party Councillor Alison Teal was found not guilty of breaching…


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Imagining a Non-Nuclear World

I found myself laughing rather too enthusiastically at a couple of jokes on last week’s Now Show (on Radio 4) about Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. Laughing in the face of the…


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The Terminal State of the US Nuclear Industry

It’s quite something to find myself in a country where nuclear power is even more of a basket case than it is in the UK – and that of course is the United States of America. Not…


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Nuclear Weapons, Donald Trump and ‘Playing with Fire’

There are so many reasons to be apprehensive about the Trump Presidency that it’s hard to know which ones really matter, and which are just part of his unremitting campaign to…


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Decommissioning in the North Sea: Rigs, Reefs, but not much Realism

We hear a lot these days about how the oil and gas industry is winding down in the North Sea – and so it is. Which means that huge numbers of rigs, pipelines and other offshore…


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The Future Lies not in our Stars, but in our Sun (part 2)

I can’t help but think of the World Future Energy Summit as a great big oily bubble: despite the fact that the work of companies of every conceivable variety is on display in the…


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The Future Lies not in our Stars, but in our Sun (part 3)

It’s precisely this combination of factors that has made my involvement in the amazing Zayed Future Energy Prize (as a member of its Selection Committee from its inception) so…


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The Future Lies not in our Stars, but in our Sun (part 1)

For me, the annual World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi is the best possible place for trying to get my head around the global energy sector. And a strange and surprising place…


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UK Government Off to Flying Start in Post-Paris Era!

You’ve got to hand it to this lot: when it comes to brazen, carbon-intensive balls, they’ve got ‘em! First out of the blocks was the heavily-whipped decision in Parliament on…


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The Hinkley Horror Story: Don’t Mention the Waste!

I haven’t been able to bring myself to write anything about Hinkley Point since the UK Government gave the go-ahead on 15th September. I suppose I’ve lived for so long with the…


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