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This page explains how the site is organised and is an alternative means of finding the comment or article that you are looking for. The final section will list separately all individual postings and pages, with a short description of the subject matter. You can choose to get new posts by email simply by using the Follow by Email facility which appears at the bottom of every page.

HOME AND BLOG PAGE. This is the only page that provides for multiple postings (a limitation in the design of the site). These include blog items and also older archived material. The list immediately below the author's photo on the right has these postings tagged by subject. So BLOG takes you to recent topical comments, Europe to both blog and other items with a Europe content, and so on. Older blogs may eventually be deleted from the blog section but remain under their subject headings on this page.

OTHER PAGES. These will be mainly subject specific, and are usually rather longer pieces of analysis or comment.  Current pages include SCIENCE VS SCEPTICISM, DECARBONISING HEAT, CUMULATIVE CARBON, and A CLIMATE MANIFESTO.

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SIDE BOX FOR LINKS TO OTHER SITES. These are intended to be links to other sites that provide information or relevant comment, eg on climate science, or on areas of research linked to subject matter. I will be adding to this list and continuing to suggest links I believe are particularly interesting or useful.

OTHER SIDE BOXES. Two of these provide an alternative means of finding any postings that are not separate pages, but are posted within the HOME AND BLOG page. One is organised by subject matter and the other is archived by date of posting.

FULL LISTING (BLOG ITEMS ONLY AT THIS STAGE). This is shown below in reverse date order. Just click on a title to reach the item.




28 June 28. NEGATIVE NET CARBON. DIRECT EXTRACTION OF CO2.  IS IT A GAME CHANGER?  New claim to be able to sequester carbon directly. A serious geo-engineering option.

25 June 2017. EXISTENTIAL THREATS FROM CLIMATE CHANGE. A possible tipping point for the Greenland Ice Sheet.

19 June 2017. PLENTY OF POLITICAL DRAMA IN THE UK AND THE US. Brief review. Monty Python meets House of Cards.

28 May 2017. TRUMP, MORE NONSENSE ON CLIMATE, AND THE ARGUMENTS MOVE ON. Trumpism on climate, and the excessive caution of science.

7 May 2017. SHOCK. HORROR. THIS IS A GOVERNMENT THAT DOES NOT BELIEVE IN FREE MARKETS.  Confirmation of Tory move away from liberalised market fundamentalism.

6 May 2017. ELECTION IRONIES. WHERE WILL EU ISSUES PLAY INTO UK CLIMATE POLICY?  Time to put a positive spin on the most probable outcome and consider the issues that may arise for UK climate policy. This posting overtaken by the surprise result on 8 June, but the message still applies.




10 April 2017. ANOTHER CLASH BETWEEN EU COMPETITION LAW AND SENSIBLE ENERGY POLICY. Brussels accuses Germany over support for more capacity in power. 69


30 March 2017. OVERTURNING OBAMA LEGACY ON CLIMATE. OR IS TRUMP UNLIKELY TO TRUMP PARIS? End of the Road for Fossil Dinosaurs and the Anti-Science Brigade. 68

27 March 2017. HEAT NETWORKS AND NEW INDUSTRIAL STRATEGIES. Recent IPPR report and some of the issues. 67

21 March. ENERGY COMPANIES. VILLAINS OR VICTIMS IN THE PRICE CAP DEBATE. Abusing market power and loyal consumers, or trying to recover losses in the generation business. 66

14 March. DEEPMIND ALGORITHMS TO MANAGE THE GRID COULD BE JUST THE START OF A CONSUMER FOCUSED REVOLUTION IN THE POWER SECTOR. Addresses implications of new models for consumer offering in low carbon power sectors. 65

8 March 2017. HOUSE OF LORDS DOWNPLAYS CLIMATE ISSUES AND THE BIGGEST MARKET FAILURE OF ALL. [3 of 3]  Discusses proposal to postpone emissions reduction. 64


7 March 2017 TWO CHEERS FOR HOUSE OF LORDS ON MARKET FAILURE [2 of 3].     Addresses security/capacity issues and Energy Commission. 63



6 March 2017. HOUSE OF LORDS GETS IT PARTLY RIGHT ON UK ENERGY PRICES BUT FAILS ON MARKET FAILURE [ 1 of 3]  Committee Report – discusses aspects concerned with UK power prices. 62



20 February 2017. ISSUES FOR CARBON WEALTH FUND ADAM WHITMORE RESPONDS. Adam replies. 61


18 February 2017. ARCTIC ICE CLIMATE CRISIS AND PLANETARY SCALE ENGINEERING. Geo-engineering proposal to increase Arctic ice cover. 60


15 February 2017. CARBON WEALTH FUNDS TO SAVE THE PLANET. Picks up Adam Whitmore’s proposal on this subject. 59


10 February 2017. EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME AND EUROPE’S CLIMATE POLICY. A FLAGSHIP FLOUNDERING. Picks up Sandbag analysis and comments on dysfunctional nature of ETS. 58

7 February 2017. MORE THOUGHTS ON NETWORK CHARGING ISSUES. Conflicting objectives. 57

9 January 2017.  NETWORK CHARGING IN THE POWER SECTOR. CONTRAST WITH MOBILE TELEPHONY. Initial thoughts on network charging issues. 56.
 
8 December 2016.  BRIBERY, CORRUPTION AND BLACKOUTS  Another aspect of governance.


1 December 2016.   FUTURE FOR THE NATIONAL GRID. THREE HEADLINES SAY IT ALL. Security issues argue against breaking up the grid.


Not the time to cut US climate research budgets.
                                                  
25 November 2016. TRUMP, COAL, AND CLIMATE. AN OPENING FOR CARBON CAPTURE?  Is CCS and its infrastructure an option worth exploring for the rust belt?

12 November 2016.  THE PHONEY DEBATE OVER ENERGY PRICES AND INDUSTRIAL COMPETITIVENESS. A UNIVERSAL POLITICAL DISEASE.  Picks up on the debate about energy prices and industrial competitiveness, with a comment on USA and Germany parallels and contrasts.

10 November 2016. FLAWED MARKETS, RISKS OF SUPPLY FAILURE, AND IDEOLOGY.  Issues of price spikes, zero marginal cost and reversion to central purchasing.


2 November 2016.  CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE US PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN. THE DOG THAT REFUSES TO BARK. Why no discussion in the campaign on this issue?


25 October 2016. HOUSE OF LORDS CONSIDERS MARKET FAILURES IN THE ENERGY  SECTOR.  Market failure and its implications for energy and climate policy.




14 October 2016. A POST GEOGRAPHY TRADING WORLD? REALLY? AND SURELY NOT FOR THE ENERGY  SECTOR. Climate issues, and energy trends, may push us to a more geography conscious world.



26 September 2016. A LOW CARBON FUTURE. MAKING IT HAPPEN.  The ETI publishes industry perspectives on how to deliver efficient networks for a low carbon future energy system.






Reprise on background issues surrounding the Hinkley Point decision.

26 July 2016. BATTERY CHOICE FOR POWER SYSTEMS. BENEFITS OF DIVERSITY.   How much does Faraday efficiency matter for batteries in power systems? A question of research priorities.



18 July 2016. LEAVING THE EU ABOLITION OF DECC. A MAJOR CONCERN FOR CLIMATE POLICY?   Comment arguing that putting energy with industrial strategy may have some benefits, and does not need to imply lowering of climate policy priorities.


14 July 2016. REACTION TO NEW UK GOVERNMENT. LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL.  First reaction to new post referendum government


7July 2016. LOW CARBON NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE. NOT SUFFICIENT ARGUMENTS FOR BREAKING UP NATIONAL GRID.   Discussion of Select Committee recommendations for breaking up of National Grid.



5 July 2016. ENERGY MARKETS INVESTIGATION.  Comment on CMA investigation into energy retail supply markets.

1 July 2016. BREXIT LAWSON SCIENCE AND CLIMATE. IS THERE A THREAT TO PARIS? Suggests the momentum for climate policy may now be too strong, and is likely to be reinforced in trade discussions.


26 June 2016. WHO ARE THE BIGGEST LOSERS FROM THE UK REFERENDUM?  A provocative comment goes viral.


26 June 2016. POST BREXIT WE CAN GET BACK TO SOME OF THE OTHER BIG CHALLENGES FOR THE ENERGY SECTOR.  Comment on policy uncertainty and lack of investment, a major current concern of energy professionals.




20 June 2016. BREXIT RAMBLINGS. A QUESTION. Is the Leave campaign suggesting the UK abandon the Basel 3 regulations for bank solvency?


19 June 2016. BREXIT RAMBLINGS.

17 June 2016.  GLOBAL TEMPERATURE IN MAY 2016. RECORD RUN CONTINUES.


11 June 2016.  ENERGY POLICY, TRADE AND IMMIGRATION. CLIMATE RELATED ARGUMENTS FOR REMAINING IN THE EU. The wider case for the EU in terms of effective climate policies, and links to trade and migration.


9 June 2016. FLAWS IN EU CLIMATE POLICY BUT NO ENVIRONMENTAL CASE FOR A BREXIT. Issues with the EU ETS, but emphasising the wider significance of the EU in global climate policy.

8 June 2016. THE IMPORTANCE OF CARBON PRICING. Short general statement of why we need to internalise the long term costs of GHG and carbon emissions.


24 May 2016. EUROPEAN ENERGY AND COMPETITION POLICY. AN OBSESSION WITH MARKET STRUCTURES THAT DO NOT WORK. Brussels is in an intellectual mess over energy markets, competition, and conflicting objectives.

23 May 2016. MORE ON INNOVATION. VITAL BUT EXTREMELY CHALLENGING. Picks up on the earlier points and develops some additional points.

11 May 2016. SAVING THE PLANET. RELYING ON INNOVATION IS NOT ENOUGH.  Bill Gates believes a clean energy technological breakthrough will resolve our concerns over climate. We need it, but more besides.

7 May 2016. ELECTRIC VEHICLES. KEY TO THE FUTURE. AND FRIDAY NIGHT IN NORWAY. Some  interesting practical problems EVs may pose for power networks.

4 May 2016.  UK AND EUROPE. IMPLICATIONS FOR THE PARIS AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE  What would be the legal effect of a Brexit on an international agreement?

3 May 2016.  ENERGY STORAGE. CENTRAL TO THE LOW CARBON REVOLUTION. Role of energy storage; innovation in battery design; role of markets.

30 April 2016. THE LONDON CONGESTION CHARGE. LESSONS TO BE LEARNED.  Comment on success of the congestion charge and on mistakes, including the exemption of “green” vehicles.

28 April  2016. EIGHT ECONOMISTS. BREXIT AND CLIMATE. Eight economists argue for Brexit. Surprising correlation with attitudes to climate policy.

27 April 2016. REGULATION OF VEHICLE EFFICIENCY IN THE US.The story of regulations to improve US vehicle efficiency 1975-2005.

24 April 2016. THE EU REFERENDUM AND ENERGY POLICY. A LIGHT BULB MOMENT. Liz Hurley’s EU vote to be determined by loss of favourite light bulb.

22 April 2016. PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT. COP 21 SETS AN AGENDA.“Aim for temperatures well below 2oC above pre-industrial levels. Get to rapid reductions from peak as soon as possible. Try to lower risk with a 1.5oC. limit.”

20 April 2016. WOOD BURNING GENERATION AT DRAX.  A GREEN SUBSIDY? Not a bad deal as it turns out.

19 April  2016. EXTRA STRONG EL NINO CONTINUES TO DELIVER RECORD TEMPERATURES.  March 2016 breaks records

13 April 2016. QUESTIONS FOR NATIONAL CLIMATE POLICIES POST PARIS. Welcoming the COP 21 deal but huge questions ahead.

10 April 2016. CARBON EMISSIONS. IS THE ECONOMICS LOSING CONTACT WITH THE PHYSICS? Cumulative carbon should imply higher prices now.

9 April 2016. TIME FOR A REALITY CHECK ON UK ENERGY PRICES. Not down to Brussels. Why are UK prices so high? How much does it matter for industry?

7 April 2016. CLIMATE MILESTONES POINT TO A TROUBLED FUTURE FOR OIL AND GAS INVESTMENT x  Climate concerns start to reach investors.

2 April 2016. NEED TO LIMIT CLIMATE CHANGE SHOULD MAKE A CASE FOR UK STEEL There is a climate case for UK steel, at least for now.

28 March 2016. CLIMATE CHANGE AND POLITICAL STEREOTYPES  Ideological leanings and demographics may play a strong role in determining views on both climate issues and Europe.

.March 17 2016. RECORD TEMPERATURES END HOPES OF "PAUSE" IN GLOBAL WARMING Record temperatures in February 2016.


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