Recent coverage of Let them eat carbon

December 17, 2011 12:42 PM

Over the last week we have seen the end of the Durban summit and a new report from the Committee on Climate Change, trying to play down the extent climate policies are set to push up energy prices.  At the TaxPayers' Alliance, we've been arguing online and in the media that the Government shouldn't ignore the pressure being placed on families and needs to put in place reforms to give families a better deal, building on the case set out in Let them eat carbon.   Here is a round-up:

  • In the immediate aftermath I wrote for the ConservativeHome and Spectator websites about how little progress the Durban summit had made, and the implications for policy here.

  • I debated climate policy in the aftermath of the Committee on Climate Change report and the Durban summit with environmentalist and Guardian columnist George Monbiot on Radio 4's flagship Today programme.  The debate is available online.

  • I looked at the Committee on Climate Change report and found that many of the assumptions hadn't been made clear, but what we could see suggested there were some problems.  I set out the issues with the quango producing such an opaque report in an article for the Spectator website.

  • Finally, yesterday I wrote for this website that, as the dust settled after the Durban summit, it was clear that the EU strategy hadn't worked.  We are left pressing ahead unilaterally to no end.


It is clearer than ever that climate policy needs to change.  We will keep making the case.Over the last week we have seen the end of the Durban summit and a new report from the Committee on Climate Change, trying to play down the extent climate policies are set to push up energy prices.  At the TaxPayers' Alliance, we've been arguing online and in the media that the Government shouldn't ignore the pressure being placed on families and needs to put in place reforms to give families a better deal, building on the case set out in Let them eat carbon.   Here is a round-up:

  • In the immediate aftermath I wrote for the ConservativeHome and Spectator websites about how little progress the Durban summit had made, and the implications for policy here.

  • I debated climate policy in the aftermath of the Committee on Climate Change report and the Durban summit with environmentalist and Guardian columnist George Monbiot on Radio 4's flagship Today programme.  The debate is available online.

  • I looked at the Committee on Climate Change report and found that many of the assumptions hadn't been made clear, but what we could see suggested there were some problems.  I set out the issues with the quango producing such an opaque report in an article for the Spectator website.

  • Finally, yesterday I wrote for this website that, as the dust settled after the Durban summit, it was clear that the EU strategy hadn't worked.  We are left pressing ahead unilaterally to no end.


It is clearer than ever that climate policy needs to change.  We will keep making the case.

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