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    Depoliticising energy policy: transformative ideas won’t happen when technocrats are in charge

Depoliticising energy policy: transformative ideas won’t happen when technocrats are in charge

Political economy and public policy scholars have argued that UK governance has been increasingly depoliticised through the displacement of responsibility to market actors; the creation of ‘arms length’ bodies; and the power of experts to make decisions that have wide ranging implications. Here, Caroline Kuzemko argues that technocratic energy policymaking hinders the sorely needed pursuit of transformative energy policy.

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Eco-homes offer one solution to building on flood plains

Despite the recent extensive flooding and acknowledgment of the increasing consequences of climate change at the Paris talks last month, there is little public discussion about building eco-homes. Here, Jenny Pickerill outlines the argument for getting these builds onto the agenda; these would be homes which would not just be cheaper to live in but built to withstand flooding and […]

How to make UK energy policy more predictable again

A series of policy U-turns have made aspects of British energy policy unpredictable. With such reversals having been politically motivated, state involvement must be revisited if the industry is to re-establish its credibility, argues Sam Fankhauser. He explains that making strategy and decision-making more transparent, and delegating regulation to independent bodies, are some steps that will depoliticise the energy sector […]

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    Carbon pricing might be the unlikely winner of the Volkswagen scandal

Carbon pricing might be the unlikely winner of the Volkswagen scandal

The Volkswagen emissions scandal has led many to question the ability of environmental regulators to enforce standards. Here, Stefano Carattini and Alessandro Tavoni argue that this might be an opportunity to promote carbon pricing, as it does not require specific controls and is a cost-effective mechanism by which to reduce emissions.

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Flawed analysis of the economics of climate change

A new analysis of the economic impacts of climate change contains some serious flaws and exposes a lack of consistency with the scientific evidence, writes Bob Ward.

On 18 September, the World Economic Forum published a blog on its website that controversially suggested the overall impacts of unmitigated climate change this century could be positive, even if global average temperature […]

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    New figures published by the IMF show the UK provides more subsidies for fossil fuels than renewables

New figures published by the IMF show the UK provides more subsidies for fossil fuels than renewables

An IMF report has quantified the subsidies provided for the fossil fuel industry, finding the UK will spend £26 billion this year, amounting to far more than the subsidies provided for renewables. Bob Ward summarises the findings.

New figures published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) show that the UK Government may not be looking in the right place if it wants to cut energy […]

A Global Apollo Programme to tackle climate change

Leading thinkers across the worlds of science, public service and academia have launched a new global programme to combat climate change. Richard Layard outlines their proposal for big public investment in research that will dramatically reduce the costs of clean energy.

In the past, governments faced with existential threats to their country have called on their scientists and engineers to provide solutions. […]

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    Amber Rudd, the Tory minister now in charge of DECC, would do well not to take advice from Fraser Nelson on environmental issues

Amber Rudd, the Tory minister now in charge of DECC, would do well not to take advice from Fraser Nelson on environmental issues

Following the election of a Conservative majority government, there is now a Tory minister, Amber Rudd, in charge of the Department of Energy and Climate Change. In this article, Bob Ward argues that she should would be well advised to ignore the views of Fraser Nelson and the Conservative fringe of free-market fundamentalists and climate change ‘sceptics’. 

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