Category Archives: Politics

President Trump should avoid taking tea with strangers

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Merry Christmas Mr Trump

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Is this ‘Game Over’ for climate change mitigation?

Last January, I posted It’s ‘Game Over’ for Fossil Fuels because… “I’d really like to think oil companies will soon admit the game is up: The extraction of fossil fuels is going to become increasingly financially uneconomic and socially unacceptable.” However, … Continue reading

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Troubling times indeed

This mini-post has been prompted by a recent post on LearningFromDogs.com, entitled Troubling Times. I often wish I were not so well-informed because, whereas power without knowledge is very dangerous, knowledge without power is very frustrating. However, as Leonardo Di … Continue reading

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We do indeed live in interesting times

A giant effigy of Donald Trump holding Hillary Clinton’s head to be burned at Lewes bonfire night festival.* Image: Tony Kershaw/SWNS.com “May you live in interesting times” – it is an ancient Chinese curse. Victoria Coren-Mitchell summarised the situation well … Continue reading

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Will it matter 100 years from now?

Here in the UK, I have spent a lot of time trying to decide how to vote in the Referendum on our membership of the EU. Working away from home, I had to apply for a postal vote. Having sent … Continue reading

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Open Letter to David Cameron

29 March 2016 The Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP The Prime Minister 10 Downing Street London SW1A 2AA Dear Prime Minister, Whatever happened to the greenest government ever? Given my experience of working in environmental consultancy or regulation, I understand … Continue reading

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It’s ‘Game Over’ for Fossil Fuels

I’d really like to think oil companies will soon admit the game is up: The extraction of fossil fuels is going to become increasingly financially uneconomic and socially unacceptable. After all, it is almost 4 months since Mark Carney said … Continue reading

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From the Treaty of Rome to the Tragedy of the Commons

This post has been prompted by recent comments on an old post on another blog. That blog is Learning from Dogs, and the old post – dating from December 2011 – was about the financial crisis in Greece… Yes, it … Continue reading

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Fracking off in Lancashire (and elsewhere?)

I know this is very late but, it is such significant moment, I feel I must comment on the recent decision of Lancashire County Council to refuse to allow fracking to proceed in their county. Never mind that their decision … Continue reading

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