Monthly Archives: December 2012

Interview with Caroline Flint

The Guardian and The Ecologist, December 5 2012 There is a point in her constituency from which Caroline Flint can see both the chimneys of Drax and an array of wind turbines. She mentions this when I ask whether she likes a … Continue reading

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Cheap energy? Yes please!

The Ecologist, November 21 2012 It’s one of the first questions many people ask when they hear that a wind turbine is being put up near them; “Will I get cheap energy?” The answer, finally, may be yes. For now, … Continue reading

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Sky magazine tax loophole saved up to £40m a year

The Guardian, p.1, November 19 2012 With David Leigh A magazine for satellite TV customers published by BSkyB was used as a tax avoidance scheme that saved the company up to £40m a year. The broadcaster had been saving millions in VAT by charging … Continue reading

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Why does wind turn people into maniacs?

The Ecologist, November 19 2012 We’ve witnessed yet another week of the sort of politics that makes ‘furriners’ click their tongues when they look at the UK.  On large swathes of the continent wind farms are built with very little … Continue reading

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If we want renewables, we’re going to have to accept nuclear

The Ecologist, November 9 2012 After weeks of arguments and confusions, the mood was amazingly frolicsome at the Energy and Climate Change select committee this week, when the Energy minister John Hayes came before them to talk about nuclear power. … Continue reading

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Conspiracy theories r us

The Ecologist, November 2 2012 After weeks of bonkerness around the energy bill, I decided to collect all the conspiracy theories I could lay my hands on, in an effort to get to the bottom of what on earth was … Continue reading

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