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I wonder who sits next to who at the Cabinet meetings?

George Osborne is preparing to offer tax breaks to firms hit by Britain’s ‘absurd’ climate change policies after being warned they threaten to drive business abroad.

In a major U-turn, the Chancellor will try to help companies that use large amounts of energy.

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Oct 19, 2011 at 8:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

Only a measly billion towards CCS, but never mind Richard Black adds a comment or two.

Plans for the UK's first carbon capture project at the Longannet power station in Fife have been scrapped, the energy secretary has confirmed.

Oct 19, 2011 at 7:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterLord Beaverbrook


"but it’s got to be spent in the most effective way."

Could be Huhne speak for "I don't know what to do now, but I must save face" or "I have been told to keep quite and let it fade away"

Oct 19, 2011 at 7:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterGreen Sand

Have you seen this?

To me it seems like a rather nasty personal attack on Monckton, but it's gaining a lot of online publicity - it's already number 4 on reddit, a social networking type site.

Discussion at reddit:

Oct 19, 2011 at 6:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterCopner

'Confidence from Uncertainty' sounds like groundwork for some heavy-duty spinning. Anyone able to get to London on 4th November might care to check what substance there might be in this initiative:
Class A substance, perhaps?

Oct 19, 2011 at 5:33 PM | Unregistered CommenterMike Jackson


Keep on about thorium and IFRs. Tell anyone who will listen. You will be working for the good of the species. Mention the large-scale grid integration issues with renewables if you get the chance.

Oct 19, 2011 at 4:59 PM | Unregistered CommenterBBD

Lord B

Mr Huhne is the chief cheerleader for the charges, which are being used to fund a £200billion shift to wind, wave, solar and nuclear power.

Imagine what could be achieved if it was all spent on a coherent expansion of nuclear baseload.

The sheer scale of the stupidity is numbing.

Oct 19, 2011 at 4:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterBBD

'Confidence from Uncertainty' sounds like groundwork for some heavy-duty spinning. Anyone able to get to London on 4th November might care to check what substance there might be in this initiative:

'Exhibit and public lecture at LSE 'Confidence from Uncertainty: Interpreting Climate Predictions'
Friday 4th November, LSE

The LSE Centre for the Analysis of Time Series and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment will hold an exhibit and lecture at the LSE on Friday 4th November as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science (

The hands-on exhibit is designed to communicate some aspects of the character of uncertainty in the science of climate change. The exhibit is brought to life via a number of interactive computer-based activities.

The exhibit will run from 11.00-18.30 in the Lower Ground Floor Foyer of the LSE’s New Academic Building, and will be followed by a lecture from 6.30-8.00 by Dr David Stainforth, in the Wolfson Theatre.

The exhibit and lecture are free and open to the public, but please email if you plan to attend. Further details can be found at:'

The LSE Centre for the Analysis of Time Series has enjoyed funding from the Met Office, and of course the Gantham Institute is notorious all by itself, so visitors to this exhibition will need to be on red alert for shenanigans.

Oct 19, 2011 at 1:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Shade

...and now this: Statement calling for urgent action on climate change
from medical doctors (BMJ, Lancet, NHS etc) at London meeting on climate change 17 Oct
Climate change poses an immediate, growing and grave threat to the health and security of people in both developed and developing countries around the globe.

"Climate change leads to more frequent and extreme weather events and to conditions that favour the spread of infectious diseases. Rising sea levels, floods and droughts cause loss of habitat, water and food shortages, and threats to livelihood. These trigger conflict within and between countries. Humanitarian crises will further burden military resources through the need for rescue missions and aid. Mass migration will also increase, triggered by both environmental stress and conflict, thus leading to serious further security issues. It will often not be possible to adapt meaningfully to these changes, and the economic cost will be enormous. As in medicine, prevention is the best solution."

Calling on all governments... with a long list of signatories below

Oct 19, 2011 at 12:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterQ

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