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No incentive to innovate?

Industry glibly says: “The low carbon price means there is no incentive to innovate.” Hell no, there really isn’t an incentive to innovate.  How about solving a really big problem called “how does man live comfortably without smashing up the … Continue reading

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Ten policies to reduce demand for carbon intensive living and policies

Engender loathing of cars through humiliation of children whose parents drive them to school in an SUV Induce spite for poor insulation by attaching social stigma to people with single glazing   Create a visceral loathing of driving by adding … Continue reading

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Nature’s way

Today the Financial Times reports on an interview with Alistair Phillips-Davies, the head of SSE, an energy company.  Mr Phillips-Davies called for a review of government policies on funding renewable energy. [1]  His comments are eerily similar to some made … Continue reading

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Property rights and loving nature

It is often said that property rights play a vital role in protecting the environment.  The classic case is when you get a piece of land that no-one owns, then everyone plunders it.  This is the tragedy of the commons. … Continue reading

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Lobbying in perspective

From Reuters: “Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government wants to water down draft car emissions legislation agreed in June by introducing the phase-in period, under a proposal circulated by German diplomats and seen by Reuters.  Renault and PSA Peugeot Citroen have broken … Continue reading

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