Ambrose Evans-Pritchard Conservatives must not surrender climate policy to the Left: a market carbon price works wonders. Capitalism will solve the climate crisis more efficiently – and more quickly – than austerity can ever achieve. here is a beautifully simple “market” way to lift the price of carbon, and there is a very bad interventionist way. Choose the wrong one and you squander public consent for the net-zero transition. Emmanuel Macron learned this to his cost and has never fully recovered. The gilets jaunes began as a protest against fuel taxes, and mushroomed into a cultural uprising by a neglected France profonde against a metropolitan Paris elite that speaks with a different ideological accent. The UK must not repeat that mistake as the Government draws up for plans for its post-Brexit climate strategy. Leaks suggests that the Treasury sees a carbon tax as money for the taking. Subtler statecraft is required. The good way to keep the public on side is a rising carbon fee imposed on emitters that is handed back to every household as a cash dividend. The late climate entrepreneur Ted Halstead argued that such a dividend is the answer for political conservatives to an issue that has been surrendered to the political Left. If you want to gain democratic traction fast, pay the first Climate Bonus in advance as an irresistible aperitif.
Telegraph 10th Feb 2021 read more »
BEIS Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has admitted that the UK needs a stronger and more joined-up policy framework to deliver its net-zero target and claimed that decisions such as not blocking a new coal mine in Cumbria “send mixed messages”.
Edie 11th Feb 2021 read more »
NFLA Policy Briefing 212: An assessment of the UK Energy White Paper and other UK Government policies to develop low carbon energy solutions through a mix of new nuclear, renewables and carbon capture and storage.
NFLA 11th Feb 2021 read more »
A group of Conservative backbenchers have teamed up to champion a series of net zero policy interventions spanning the full breadth of the green economy, in bid to encourage the government to deliver a fresh wave of ambitious climate policy measures in the run up to the critical COP26 climate summit in November. Developed by the Conservative Environment Network (CEN), the new Net Zero Champions initiative has already been backed by 25 Tory MPs who have pledged to try and build support in Parliament for a suite solutions and policies aimed at creating green jobs and putting the UK on track towards its 2050 net zero emissions goal. The initiative is set to lobby for a range of specific policy actions across agriculture, active travel, public transport, electric vehicles, renewable energy, green homes, and nature-based solutions to climate change. For example, the MPs are pushing for electric vehicle charge points to be made mandatory in all new homes and for green hydrogen to be prioritised in the government’s upcoming hydrogen strategy, in addition to calling for a ban on the sale of peat for use in horticulture products. Significantly, they are also calling for a longer-term funding commitment for energy efficiency beyond the current Green Homes Grant, which has been the focus of intense speculation and concern this week due to the scheme’s ongoing administrative travails and the threat of a £1.1bn effective cut to its budget.
Business Green 12th Feb 2021 read more »