Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Shale Gas “Argument Map”

My position on shale gas is well known.  But I recently came across a very interesting document which may be of interest to both sides of the debate.  It’s a new concept to me: an “Argument Map”. It aims to … Continue reading

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“A Horrendous Energy Crunch” … and maybe, just maybe, a Get-Out-of-Jail Card

A horrendous energy crunch.  At least that’s how the Daily Mirror described it, and for once they weren’t exaggerating.  The USA may have its Fiscal Cliff, but we’ve got an Energy Abyss, a Power Precipice.  And let’s be clear — … Continue reading

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Wind turbines have “grace & beauty”?

It seems that the National Trust has gone seriously off-message.  Chairman Sir Simon Jenkins took a very clear line in opposing wind turbines on both aesthetic and practical grounds.  Under his stewardship, the Trust joined forces with CPRE, English Heritage … Continue reading

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The UK: the EU’s largest export market

A simple and striking fact, which is little-known and has astonished a number of folk in the EU institutions in Brussels: when Britain leaves the EU, it will become the EU’s largest export market.  Bigger than the USA.  Bigger than China. … Continue reading

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My dilemma on the EU Budget

Downing Street is claiming the credit for cutting the EU Budget for 2014/ 2020, the so-called Multi-Annual Financial Framework.  The ceiling for overall payments has been set at EUR 908.40 billion, compared to EUR 942.78 billion in the MFF 2007-2013, meaning … Continue reading

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Reflections on a scandal

I think that the horsemeat jokes have been practically done to death.  Personally I liked the Matt cartoon show the front cover of the Racing Post with a starburst advertising their new recipe page.  But maybe it’s time to reflect … Continue reading

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Oettinger’s dreams of energy

Last night I attended another of Giles Chichester’s European Energy Forum Dinner Debates.  This was with Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger, and because the Commissioner was coming, the event was exceptionally well attended — well over a hundred, I’d say — with … Continue reading

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