• Britain’s New Fossil Fuel Subsidies

    • Date: 01/08/14
    • Benny Peiser and Daniel Mahoney, City A.M.
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    Soon it won’t just be renewables we’re propping up There is no doubt that fossil fuel subsidies – mostly found in the developing world – are a major and unwelcome feature of the global economy today. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that global fossil fuel subsidies cost $544bn in 2012. Add to this lost […]

  • UK Shale Challenge & The Green Blob

    • Date: 29/07/14
    • Editorial, The Times
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    The debate about the exploitation of shale gas should be seen in the context of what the former environment secretary, Owen Paterson, has described as the fight against the “green blob”. Echoing Michael Gove’s battles with the anti-reform “education blob”, Mr Paterson believes that certain environmental campaigners have become absolutist in their opposition to change. […]

  • Matt Ridley: Another Renewable Myth Goes Up In Smoke

    • Date: 28/07/14
    • Matt Ridley, The Times
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    If wood-burning power stations are less eco-friendly than coal, we are getting the search for clean energy all wrong On Saturday my train was diverted by engineering works near Doncaster. We trundled past some shiny new freight wagons decorated with a slogan: “Drax — powering tomorrow: carrying sustainable biomass for cost-effective renewable power”. Serendipitously, I […]

  • Europe’s Green Energy Policy Strengthens Putin’s Hand

    • Date: 23/07/14
    • Brett M. Decker, USA Today
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    While pouring billions into inefficient power sources such as windmills, the EU is hobbled by strict fracking regulations that mean 470 trillion cubic feet of natural gas can’t be extracted The Ukraine crisis is generating a lot of tough talk about Russia’s expansionist agenda into its former Soviet territory. Since the downing of a Malaysia […]

  • Peter Foster: Bill Gates’ Energy Views Are A Turn-Off

    • Date: 22/07/14
    • Peter Foster, Financial Post
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    There are signs that Bill Gates — multi-billionaire do-gooder, Giving Pledge arm twister, and “leverager” of your tax dollars — is at last catching on to the nature and benefits of capitalism, although he still has some way to go. Peter Foster: It might seem strange that Bill Gates, one of the world’s most successful […]

  • Christopher Booker: Sacking Owen Paterson Is An Insult To The Countryside

    • Date: 20/07/14
    • Christopher Booker, The Sunday Telegraph
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    Owen Paterson was a popular Environment Secretary who understood rural matters Of all David Cameron’s moves in that bizarre reshuffle, one told us more about his judgment and character than any. It is hard to recall recently a more direct political insult than his contemptuous sacking of Owen Paterson as our Environment Secretary; a man […]

  • Owen Paterson: I’m Proud Of Standing Up To The Green Lobby

    • Date: 20/07/14
    • Owen Paterson, The Sunday telegraph
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    Like the nationalised industries and obstructive trade unions of the 1970s, the Green Blob has become a powerful self-serving caucus; it is the job of the elected politician to stand up to them. Owen Paterson, says he is proud of standing up to the green lobby  Photo: AFP Every prime minister has the right to choose […]

  • Tom Switzer: Lessons From The Aussie Carbon Victory

    • Date: 18/07/14
    • Tom Switzer, The Wall Street Journal
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    Tony Abbott has shown it is possible to challenge the climate orthodoxy and roll back an unpopular tax. Five short years ago, Australian media thought that the center-right Liberal Party was crazy to oppose a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions. “Unless the climate change dissidents are brought to heel,” wrote one supposed expert, “the Liberals […]

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