Archive for the 'Telegraph' category

How long before the lights go out?

This article was first published in the Telegraph on 4 February 2010.

Bad news for energy consumers continues to come thick and fast. Bills have more than doubled in the last six years, and could rise a further 25% in the next decade according to a wide-ranging report published yesterday by Ofgem. But even more worrying was the watchdog’s analysis of Britain’s energy security – or lack of it.

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Oil price respite will be brief or unpleasant

First published in the Telegraph, 9 August 2008

With the oil price apparently in full retreat, it is tempting to breathe a sigh of relief.

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Oil: why Gordon doesn’t get it

First published in the Telegraph, 29 May 2008.

Even by the low standards if his government, Gordon Brown’s recent pronouncements on oil have been shockingly ignorant.

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Don’t panic, it’s only the oil supply

First published in the Telegraph , 3 May 2008

Polishing the portholes on the Titanic hardly does it justice. This week saw ministers giving an uncanny impersonation of Corporal Jones urging calm over the Grangemouth refinery strike; lorry drivers protesting in Park Lane over a two pence rise in fuel duty; and much righteous indignation over the level of profits reported by Shell and BP. All of which entirely misses the point.

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