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Energy: The Weapon of Mass Coercion Pt. II

Peter Rolton: Chairman, Rolton Group Last week I wrote about the emerging concept of energy as a weapon in the fight between state and corporation, and how this might pan out in future as the world’s resources continue to dwindle. The death of Margaret Thatcher, however, jolted my memory and took me back to the […]

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Energy: The Weapon of Mass Coercion Pt. I

Peter Rolton: Chairman, Rolton Group In late 2011, American company Noble Energy Inc. reported that up to 8 trillion cubic feet of gas deposits had been discovered off the coast of Cyprus, which is more fuel than the island could use in over a century and is, of course, extremely valuable. With its discovery, the […]

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The Contributions of Chris Huhne

If you type the name of Britain’s former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, into Google, you will have to trawl through several pages before finding any result which is unrelated to the penalty points scandal he has been embroiled in for more than two years. After learning that Huhne would […]

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Britain’s Nuclear Problem

Last week saw a triple-faceted disaster unfold in the UK nuclear industry, with Cumbria’s refusal to play host to a planned underground waste storage centre, the Sellafield site facing prosecution for sending radioactive waste to landfill instead of the low level waste repository it was intended for, and, most worryingly, Centrica’s announcement that it will […]

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UKIP’s Not So Bright Idea

Peter Rolton: Chairman, Rolton Group Given their recent bi-electoral success, it seemed wise to take a deeper look into the policies which have seen recent support for UKIP rise so dramatically. Disillusionment caused by the continuing recession appears to have driven many to align themselves with the party, who are now seen as something akin […]

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The Imbalanced Scales of UK Fuel Poverty

Peter Rolton: Chairman, Rolton Group Some unsettling figures emerged from a survey published by consumer watchdog Which? on 19th September, showing that those who use low amounts of fuel are paying significantly more per unit than higher rate consumers. This is due to systems such as the two-tier charge, which sees unit prices drop once […]

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Forget the Politics: Why We Should Welcome the Green Deal

Peter Rolton: Chairman, Rolton Group In amongst the buzz surrounding the Green Deal, set to launch on 1st October, the crux of the initiative seems to be getting lost. Comment boards are alive with activity on the subject, as accusations are voiced that it will simply make the poor poorer, and will sell loans that […]

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Dash for Gas: Part II?

An impending overhaul of the UK power sector, necessary as old nuclear infrastructure is retired, could be the cause of great disruption or great opportunity. As it stands, there is uncertainty as to what will replace current operations when many of the remaining plants are closed, and a gap in energy provision may occur without […]

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