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Diary date for Cambridge

Readers in the Cambridge area may be interested in this meeting, which features two familiar names, in the shape of Lord Oxburgh and Mike Kelly. Lord O is described as

...well known for his work as a public advocate in both academia and the business world in addressing the need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and develop alternative energy sources.

Just the man to run an inquiry into allegations of misconduct against climate scientists then.

The subject of the meeting is the energy gap:

The UK Government has a Herculean task – in both maintaining electricity supplies against obsolescent generating capacity, and in meeting very challenging carbon reduction targets, and moreover in achieving this through market mechanisms.

I wonder if Lord O will be arguing for extensive investment in wind power?

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Reader Comments (10)

Does one only wonder if he's going to argue for birdshredders wind power or more probably, how strongly he's going to preach for it ?

May 20, 2011 at 11:54 AM | Unregistered CommenterJeroen B.

I wonder if Lord O will be arguing for extensive investment in wind power? - if theres money involved then my guess would be yes, whats that he's on a baord that stands to make lots of money from wind power, well I hope that he declares this bias in any goverment funded reports he gives.

I could go on but it's the weekend so i'm off down the pub for lunch.

May 20, 2011 at 12:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterShevva

I wonder if he will confirm that the environment policies of the british government have been put into the hands of WWF.
Meanwhile, he will be increasing his portfolio in rare metals, particularly Neodymium.

May 20, 2011 at 12:22 PM | Unregistered Commenterpesadia

This will be Mike Kelly:-

Anyone going along would do well to go through this powerpoint and also look at the RAE report linked in comments to the Bish's posting.

I assume Oxburgh has been invited along for light relief, but perhaps he's owed another drink for the "blinder" he played.

May 20, 2011 at 12:33 PM | Unregistered CommenterMartin Brumby

It doesn't have a "Herculean task" at all. All this is required is for government to get out of the way and allow the free market to build, under a level regulatory field, as much inexpensive nuclear capacity as theie is, or would be a market for with electricity prices 1/4-1/10th what they currently are.

It requires no labours at all by government. That it appears to be far beyond their competence doesn't make it difficult.

May 20, 2011 at 1:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterNeil Craig

Lets not be unfair its not possible to pick up the big fat easy pay days as Lord O did for this 'work' with CRU all the time .

May 20, 2011 at 1:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterKnR

I am sure that Lord O will be doing exactly what he is told to, and paid to do

May 20, 2011 at 1:23 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charley

And just why do we have to reduce carbon emissions? There is only, what 0.03/0,04% CO2 in the atmosphere, a bit more might increase crop yields, even "organic" ones.

May 20, 2011 at 1:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterDerek Buxton

I think we residents would much rather they stayed away.

May 20, 2011 at 3:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterChuckles

I'd go if it was a nominal cost but way too dear for an afternoon's entertainment. I do know the chap chairing it, might tap him up to see if any freebies going if headcount is light.

May 20, 2011 at 8:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterArgusfreak

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