BNEF: We Need To Talk About Nuclear Power

We need to talk about nuclear. And I mean really talk, in a truth-and-reconciliation, moving-forward kind of way, not a let’s-all-shout-slogans-at-each-other, my-tribe-versus-your-tribe kind of way. Serious people are finally talking about decarbonizing national economies by mid-century, but such talk must be accompanied by credible plans – and no plan can be considered credible if it […]

BNEF: Green New Deal – Trumpism With Climate Characteristics?

One of the most iconic images from the COP15 Climate Conference in Copenhagen in 2009 was the occupation of the conference center by protesters holding signs reading “We won’t leave until you reach a fair, ambitious and legally binding agreement.” Of course no such deal was reached, but the protesters meekly left anyway. Climate change […]

Medium: The Revolution Will Not Be Fossilized

It’s that time of year again, when I pour myself a single malt and pull on my creative writing boots. For my 2019 New Year piece I was inspired by Gil Scott-Heron, of “The Future Will Not Be Televised” fame. If you’re not familiar with it, probably best listen to him reading it first.

BNEF: Two Business Cycles to Prepare for A Low-Carbon World

This week, as delegates from nearly 200 nations congregate in Katowice for COP24, the 24th annual UNFCCC conference on climate change, ‘tis the season to take stock of the state of climate politics around the world. Spoiler alert, it’s not a particularly jolly read.

BNEF: Planes, Trains and Automobiles – the Electric Remake

In my article this March entitled Beyond Three Thirds, The Road to Deep Decarbonization, I referred to the vast opportunities that beckon in clean energy and transportation beyond the core markets of wind, solar, batteries and electric vehicles. Today I want to take a deep dive into commercial transportation, aviation, shipping and trains.

UnHerd: Why Mariana Mazzucato is wrong about the ‘entrepreneurial state’

The world is facing a number of very grave threats – climate change, air and ocean pollution, organised crime, cyber-threats, antibiotic resistance, pandemics, cancer, dementia, road deaths, persistent poverty and so on – all of which demand some form of intervention and leadership by the state. What is at issue is the way in which the state should intervene.