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The Pace of Progress – Chris Huhne: The UK electricity market has to change, so that we escape the cycle of fossil fuel addiction!

by on July 8, 2011

Chris Huhne the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Can you smell the winds of Change? After the US under Obama is pushing hard for clean energy and US Energy Secretary Steven Chu urges for a new Industrial Revolution, a Race for a Sputnik moment is required. Now the empire finally opting bolder for the energy transition too. The change, the revolution the world needs to combat climate change, is taking up pace it seems.

Responding to this morning’s price announcement by British Gas, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said:

“This announcement will be tough for consumers who are already struggling to meet their bills. The uncomfortable truth is Britain’s consumers are being buffeted by the violent and unpredictable winds of global fossil fuel prices.

“I refuse to stand by and watch this happen. “I’m pushing the big six suppliers to help their customers overhaul their draughty homes and understand the best tariffs on offer, and I’m backing new entrants to bring more competition to the market.

“But there’s a way out of this. Look at how the French benefit from only relying on fossil fuels for a fraction of their power – bills there are only expected to rise by 3% this year. “The UK electricity market has to change, so that we escape the cycle of fossil fuel addiction. Alternatives like renewables and nuclear power must be allowed to become the dominant component of our energy mix.

Only radical reform now will give us the best chance in the long run of keeping the lights on at a price that doesn’t wreck our economy over and over again.”

  • Next week Chris Huhne will publish a White Paper on Electricity Market Reform, a critical moment in keeping the lights on, consumer bills down and shifting the UK economy away from a high risk, high carbon future.

Source DECC

This follows after stark warnings:

UK climate secretary and defence experts warn that conflict caused by climate change risks reversing the progress of civilization.

Climate change is a threat multiplier. It will make unstable states more unstable, poor nations poorer, inequality more pronounced, and conflict more likely,” Huhne is expected to say in a speech to defence experts. “And the areas of most geopolitical risk are also most at risk of climate change.

Climate change risks reversing the progress made in prosperity and democracy since the industrial revolution, arguing that the results of global warming could lead to a return to a “Hobbesian” world in which life is “nasty, brutish and short”.

In the meantime in Australia…
Australia pollution tax wins crucial backing

The odds for the price on carbon tax is displayed on the board of a betting agency in Melbourne, on July 8. Australia’s controversial pollution tax looked all but certain to pass after a key lawmaker confirmed that he would support the package, which aims to reduce emissions blamed for climate change.

Australia’s controversial pollution tax looked all but certain to pass after a key lawmaker confirmed that he would support the package, which aims to reduce emissions blamed for climate change.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard is on Sunday due to unveil the full detail of her deeply contested , which will see the country’s top 500 charged per tonne of carbon dioxide they emit into the atmosphere.

Source Physorg

After a fruitless two-week conference on climate change in Bonn, now:

Merkel pushes for binding agreements at Berlin climate talks

We are determined to move forward boldly,” the German chancellor said Sunday in Berlin at a meeting of representatives from 35 countries to make preparations for the next climate summit in Durban, South Africa. The summit in Durban is scheduled to kick off November 28.

Mitigating climate change will be “very expensive and very cumbersome,” Merkel said, adding, however, that inaction would “certainly be more expensive.” With the Kyoto Protocol set to expire in 2012, Germany hopes to revive climate talks ahead of a UN summit in South Africa this year. Representatives from 35 countries met in Berlin on Sunday to hash out compromises.

Source Deutsche Welle

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