From the TUC


Chancellor’s dead hand on community energy schemes

07 Aug 2015, by in Uncategorized

George Osborne clearly intends to put a brake on community-led solar power schemes just at the point when they are cutting carbon, reducing green energy costs, creating jobs and winning public support. Unfortunately, his Treasury-led, austerity-led plan to change the rules for community-led solar power schemes is fronted by a much peddled untruth about the…

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Chancellor takes the high carbon road

23 Jul 2015, by in Uncategorized

Is the government about to take a series of high carbon decisions that will replace renewables with fossil fuels? Decisions are imminent on Cuadrilla’s fracking appeal, launched today, and Heathrow’s third runway. Meanwhile, the Chancellor is unceremoniously dumping green policies, while assuring Helen Goodman MP on the Treasury Select Committee that he would honour the…

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ISDS-lite could yet scupper the EU-Canada trade deal

16 Jul 2015, by in Uncategorized

The TUC is no fan of the revised Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) process that EU Trade Commissioner Malmstrom has persuaded the European Parliament to back in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal between the EU and US currently being negotiated. Claims that this new ISDS-lite isn’t ISDS at all are clearly nonsense, and…

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CCS stuck on Amber

24 Jun 2015, by in Uncategorized

Three times today at the CCSA’s annual reception the Energy Secretary, Amber Rudd, was pressed to clarify the extent of government support for carbon capture & storage (CCS). Can the supply chain bank on two CCS projects and look forward to further CCS projects? “You are asking for more certainty than I can give you…

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