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Topic Title: 21 years on another Black Wednesday: Energy Bill granted Royal Assent
Topic Summary: Energy Consumers lose out to Rent Seekers, Subsidy Farmers and Lobbyists
Created On: 18 December 2013 05:45 PM
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 18 December 2013 05:45 PM
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jarathoon

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Long-feared (by me at least) Energy Bill was granted final approval today, as the government prepares to unveil the next step in its detailed plan to deliver ever increasing energy costs and at least another half a million excess winter deaths by 2030.

http://www.businessgreen.com/b...-set-for-royal-assent

It is undoubtedly one of the worst Government Bills ever to have reached the statue books.







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 30 December 2013 11:08 AM
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Yup. And the situation is unlikely to change while the UK news media (80% BBC controlled ) doesn't even report these issues, and on the rare occasions it does, never offers a critical opinion (other than a Labour voice calling for even more green taxes and eco-loonacy).

On a related note, it recently emerged that 73% of BBC science news reporting is lifted directly from press releases on science/engineering issues, and opposing expert opinion is almost never aired (this comes from the BBC's own research detailed in a talk by one of their researchers here )

Of course, in an ideal world, the BBC would be supplied with opposing press releases from expert institutions like the IET, which would warn of the dangers of energy policy driven by climate hysteria and provide sensible criticism. But no. Instead the IET are 100% supportive of the scam, arguing for even more insane energy policies, with the entire IET 'energy policy panel' riding the green gravy train.
 14 January 2014 03:16 PM
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jarathoon

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IEA Discussion Paper No. 49

"From Nationalisation to State Control: The Return of Centralised Energy Planning"

by Professor Colin Robinson (December 2013)

In a Financial Times Blog, Nick Butler, accuses Colin Robinson of "strong language" and "overstating the case".

Whereas I would say he uses measured language and if anything understates his case.





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James Arathoon
 23 January 2014 01:20 PM
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jarathoon

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"Parliament's pulse has faded and died. MPs may as well shut up shop and go home"

See Here

Tom Harris is whinging in the Telegraph that he has nothing to do. The reality is that a tsunami of new regulations (in the form of Energy Act secondary legislation) is due to hit parliament later this year...if the "screw the country Energy Act" is to achieve its aims on time and at any cost.

http://alansenergyblog.wordpre...-kenneth-wolstenhome/

"A good way to describe what is now down on paper is to imagine the [Energy] Bill (sorry, Act) as a wardrobe; it looks OK from the outside but if there are no coathangers on the rails once you open the door. And so you can hardly say that it performs the essential functions of a wardrobe. And as far as the Energy Act is concerned there are precious few hangers currently in evidence. This is because of the extraordinarily high count of consequent pieces of secondary legislation written into it - clauses that require the practicalities of what has been outlined (often in very rudimentary terms) to be set out in Orders. And these Orders will either have to be laid down on the Parliamentary order paper and (hopefully) not objected to, or, more seriously, will be subject to finding an afternoon in a committee room to debate and agree a raft of secondary measures.

The to do list now numbers no less than seventeen affirmative resolutions (the afternoon's debate) and twenty-three negative resolutions, some of which may need to be fully debated depending on other parts of the Act. Subjects in the queue for debate include: how the Secretary of State is going to decide on a decarbonisation target; the carbon intensity of electricity generation; how to make electricity capacity regulations; the capacity agreements themselves; how auctions are carried out; the settlement body that will oversee them; a huge raft of regulations relating to CfD investment contracts and payments; how to make renewable obligation transitional arrangements; what emission performance standards will consist of; arrangements for altering licences... In short, most of the meaty content of the Act."


There is going to be no real choice at the next general election. Four of the major political parties: Tories, Labour, Lib Dems and Greens are now wedded to the ideals of crony-capitalism. The twenty first century is becoming the century where free markets die and crony-capitalist market carve-ups thrive.

UKIP on paper seems to be for free-markets and against crony capitalism; the downside for me is that they want to leave Europe, which would isolate us from the rest of Europe and increase the hold that global corporations have over UK politics and UK politicians.

Therefore what we really need now need is a new political party that is committed to removing the Energy Act from the statute book, and cancelling illegal and crony-capitalist contracts. But also a party that is in favour of remaining in a reformed European Union; a European Union that concentrates more on maintaining and regulating free markets within Europe, at the same time as phasing out farm and other subsidies.

I doubt whether much can be done before the next General Election in 2015, but such a party is surely capable of having a serious effect on the 2020 General Election.

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James Arathoon
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