Uk Policy

New Labour and carbon calculators

Posted by bex — 20 June 2007 at 12:53pm - Comments

While we think it's lovely that Defra has launched a carbon calculator, we can't help but notice that a few other organisations have already developed similar tools (here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here, say).

I'm not knocking carbon calculators (they're useful tools and lots of us here in the office use them), and obviously personal action to help combat climate change is invaluable. But really, is this what David Miliband should be spending his time and our money on?

New nuclear power for Scotland?

Posted by bex — 24 November 2006 at 9:00am - Comments

Dounreay nuclear power plant at sunrise

As the Scottish Labour Party gathered in Oban for the first day of their party conference, green groups were there to urge First Minister Jack McConnell to come clean on his plans for nuclear power.

Power station occupation enters day two

Posted by bex — 3 November 2006 at 9:00am - Comments

A Greenpeace volunteer looks down at the chimneys at Didcot power station

UPDATE: Twenty-five climate campaigners were arrested at 5.30pm today after ending their two day occupation of one of Britain's dirtiest power stations. One of the volunteers Ben Stewart said, "Since being here we have halved Co2 emissions from this power station by stopping coal entering the facility. We've forced Tony Blair to answer direct questions from us about his climate trashing policies and shown that there is a cleaner, more efficient way of generating energy."

Blair's energy review: save nuclear, destroy the climate

Posted by bex — 11 July 2006 at 8:00am - Comments

UK floods

It's now official. Blair wants a new generation of nuclear reactors. The energy review is over and, disappointing as it may be, the conclusion won't come as a surprise to anyone who has been following recent events. The review has been a farce from the beginning: "a rubber-stamping exercise for a decision the Prime Minister took some time ago," according to the chairman of the Trade and Industry Committee.

"The future is decentralised"

Posted by bex — 7 July 2006 at 8:00am - Comments

Flowers growing in a greenhouse heated through combined heat and power

Remember 1997? Imagine somebody had predicted then that, within a decade, the Conservatives would be advocating "a revolution in green energy" and New Labour would be the only mainstream party still clinging to nuclear power as a central part of their energy policy. You probably wouldn't have rushed down to Ladbroke's.

Trident renewal: Tory Leader Michael Howard dodges the issue

Posted by bex — 10 October 2005 at 8:00am - Comments

Greenpeace cyberactivist Ray Duff wrote to his local MP, Tory leader Michael Howard, for his views on the issues of renewing the UK's nuclear arsenal. We print the full text of Mr Howard's letter below.

Why we no longer trust Blair on climate

Posted by bex — 19 November 2004 at 9:00am - Comments
Tony Blair

Tony Blair

At regular intervals over the last few years, Tony Blair has given strong speeches on the importance and urgency of tackling climate change. He has told us that this is the single greatest challenge facing the international community, and that the scientific evidence is alarming. He is certainly right about that. He has also said that he is personally passionate about solving the problem.

Greenpeace has been sharply critical of Blair on other issues - on GM, nuclear power and, above all, Iraq. But on climate we have tried to believe in his sincerity. We need politicians to take the lead, and we need to support them when they do. It's not our style to ask automatically, as Jeremy Paxman does, "why is this bastard lying to me?"

The future of UK energy policy - a leaked report

Posted by bex — 31 January 2002 at 9:00am - Comments
Offshore wind farm, oeresund

Offshore wind farm, oeresund

Today Greenpeace is taking the unusual step of publishing a leaked copy of a draft summary of a report detailing the future of UK energy policy.

The government is leaving the door open for a wave of dangerous new nuclear power stations across Britain, according to the confidential report, which is part of the government's Energy Review.

Timid targets for the generation of energy by renewable technology - like wind, wave and solar power - are also being set.

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