Peter Hain quits

I predicted last week (17th January) that Gordon Brown’s vote of confidence in Peter Hain did not bode well for Hain’s prospects of keeping his job. He has now quit the cabinet to clear his name.

EU renewable energy targets – renewable heat is part of the solution, not the problem, dummy!

The European Union will legally require each country in the Union to meet a certain fixed percentage of its energy by renewables by 2020 if plans announced yesterday are approved, as they are likely to be. In the case of the United Kingdom that fixed percentage is 15%. The United Kingdom has got off very lightly; Germany, which has a much larger uptake of renewables than the UK must produce 18% of its energy by renewables, and Sweden a whopping 49%, presumably because they will burn their forests.  Continue reading