Climate change and government inaction

I do not often agree with the Energy Savings Trust, which I think tends to serve as an organisation that gets more public funding than it merits, having regard to its results, but When Phillp Sellwod, Chief Executive of the Energy Savings Trust recently criticised the Government he and I were singing off the same hymn sheet. Continue reading

Who regulates the climate change regulators

When he wrote about the great crash of 1929, Professor J K Galbraith wrote (and here I paraphrase his words) that it is always hard to find a way of regulating the regulators, but even harder to impart wisdom in those who should be wise. I am not going to write about the credit crunch – far too much is being written and broadcast about it in the United Kingdom, it is almost as if the journalists and broadcasters are creating a self fulfilling prophesy for the sake of a good story that sells media. No, I am going to look at Galbraith’s comments in the context of climate change. Continue reading

Reducing emissions in the undeveloped world

As the climate change conference ends in Poznan with the developing countries led by the Europeans deciding that protecting the short term interests of their economies is more important than protecting the interests of their children and grandchildren, we are seeing the nations of the developed world making a choice. It is the wrong choice. Continue reading

The Government abolishes the Merton Rule now Housebuilders rule, OK?

Last November Ms Yvette Cooper is a graduate of Oxford University where she studied PPE. Perhaps the philosophy part of the course concentrated on Machiavellian thinking because her statements could have been composed by the man who wrote “the Prince”.

Last November Ms Cooper having run a flag up the flagpole and found that no one saluted it, said she would haul it down again. Many people believed her, but she spoke with forked tongue. Continue reading