Chris Farrell's Blog
Why ‘sticky’ groups may be the cause of our energy woes
In light of the slew of recent UK cover-up scandals: 1, 2. And, more specifically criticisms directed at Government energy policy, this month€™s piece is written to highlight the easy mistakes we (the trusting public) can make when buying into a group acceptance, when scandalous acts are all too often hidden from view in the name of straight jacketed policies.
Reduce Energy Bills, Save Lives!
Following the recent shocking headlines of over 1000 preventable deaths occurring at Stafford hospital, I had a thought. Whilst of course any loss of life is tragic, the number of deaths involved in this scandal pale in comparison to the 24,000 excess winter deaths the UK faced last winter.
Time for change
Households forced to fund £7.6b 'green' levy and no end to fuel poverty in sight Over a week later and I am still stunned, bemused and concerned by the Government's so-called energy policies. It was always my understanding that a Government is elected by the people to look after the good of the people in a socialist society, but recent announcements are forcing me to rethink my view. The 'green' levy, for example, is a case in point; how can the Government justify the introduction of additional taxes which will push households‚¬"¢ fuel bills up still higher?
EU Energy Legislation: It’s time to steady the ship
The survival of the Eurozone continues to dominate the headlines with the bailout of Spain's banks, and Italy and Cyprus looking to be the next countries to ask for help. Meanwhile, the European Commission is busying itself with complex legislation for a pan European low carbon economy and targets for the uptake in renewable technology. Given the economic situation today and the Eurozone's record all time high unemployment rate, it seems pretty clear to me that such complex policies are luxuries, not essentials for the UK and EU.
Blowing the cap off benefits
It's common knowledge that religion and politics are topics best avoided in polite conversation. It seems that another subject is fast joining the taboo list round the dinner table, if the online response to a recent article in The Daily Telegraph (Householders waste £24 million subsidising redundant wind farms, 27 January 2012) is anything to go by. Low carbon energy generation, and in particular the UK Government's role in this area, is fast becoming a contentious issue for many Britons.
Solar not fit for subsidy
From industry publications to national press, the Government's decision to reduce subsidies for solar panels on homes has generated wide coverage and condemnation over the government's rushed attempt to stem the increasing number of solar installations. The industry has pointed to a resulting risk to thousands of jobs, damage to the whole industry, and "huge economic uncertainty". The recent challenge by Friends of the Earth and two solar companies, Solarcentury and HomeSun, has culminated in the High Court ruling that the decision was ruled "legally flawed".