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Why gas is not the solution to Europe’s energy security challenges

The events in Crimea and the Ukraine in recent weeks have thrown Europe’s dependency on Russian oil and gas into sharp relief. Although regrettable, the turmoil has come at as good a time as any. Europe is in the midst of hashing out a comprehensive climate and energy policy framework out to 2030. This framework […]

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Supergrid

I would like to return to a subject that I have often spoken about before. The subject is the Supergrid. Those who are familiar with my history over the past eight years will know that I consider this issue to be one of the most important. What I had not realized until very recently is […]

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Why Renewable Energy Feed In Tariffs (REFITS) pay for themselves from Year 1.

We pointed out in the last few blogs that Feed In Tariffs were the surest way to get a new technology like wind energy deployed into a conservative sector like electricity.  In simple terms the risk for the developer is greatly reduced.

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Why the Lisbon Treaty?

In the second last blog we showed how the expectations of populations differed according to their size. In bigger populations the people expect their public representatives to deliver on policy issues whereas in small populations like Ireland there is a higher emphasis on service to the voter.

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Safety in the EU

The EU in concept is about safety. At the gut level before higher order considerations come into the reckoning the EU is about the safety and security of European families.

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Parochialism Vs the pan-European good

Over the next few blogs it will be my intention to deal with the issues of democracy in general and as it is applied in Europe, with world competitiveness in the context of the major world federations i.e. China, India, United States and Europe.  We will do all this in the context of the biggest […]

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Global Warming Revisited

Over the past number of years we have seen examples of where numerous self interests have cast aspersions on the science of global warming.

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Europe as a civilizing influence

In the last couple of blogs we talked about Europe.  We made the point that being in Europe allowed us all to have greater personal wealth, to have more choice in the products we buy, to have more personal freedom in our lives.  This, all in addition to the removal of the threat of war.

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