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More than £28bn: Chronic Political Failure in Tragic Times.

Now that the dust has settled after the Labour Party junked its commitment (on 8th February) to £28bn a year of new investment in the UK’s green economy, it’s worth reflecting on what this tells us about climate politics in the UK over the next couple of years. It’s not pretty.

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CRUSHING DISSENT: TORIES, LABOUR AND MAINSTREAM NGOs ALL ON THE SAME PAGE

First they came for Just Stop Oil; then they came for radical environmentalists; then they came for members of the National Trust, the RSPB, and WWF. But there was no one left to speak for them. I know I shouldn’t be, but I’m astonished at the lack of concern/interest on the part of “mainstream…

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EDF: A Total Basket Case, Weighed Down By Its £50 Billion Nuclear Turkey At Hinkley Point.

EdF’s bosses must be thanking their lucky stars that President Macron decided to take complete control of EdF back in 2022. Otherwise, its latest announcements about further delays and cost increases for its new reactors at Hinkley Point would have sent any remaining investors running for the…

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UK’S NUCLEAR OBSESSIONS KILL OFF ITS NET ZERO STRATEGY

After 14 years of Tory mismanagement, the UK finds itself bereft of an energy strategy. This was finally confirmed in the release last week of the Government’s new Nuclear Roadmap. At one level, it’s just the same old, same old, the latest in a very long line of PR-driven, more or less fantastical…

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From CoP 28 to CoP 29: The Road to Hell

CoP 28 limped to its predictably calamitous conclusion on December 13th. The heavily spun headline (“historic breakthrough”) quickly dribbled away into the sands of Dubai, to be replaced by more “balanced” commentaries from governments, businesses and some mainstream NGOs. Three weeks on, even that…

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SO WHAT’S YOUR THEORY OF CHANGE?: COP 28 OR JUST STOP OIL?

The waves of phoney positivity emanating from CoP28 in Dubai are making me feel sick. “Look at our shiny new Loss and Damage Fund”. “Marvel at the new Emirates Declaration on Sustainable Agriculture”. “Get your heads around new heights of rhetoric about the importance of addressing the methane…

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