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It’s a large scale infrastructure project with huge national significance that excites passionate debate for and against.  It is a key strategic planning decision that has been kicked around between politicians, the private sector and environmentalists for years, titillating engineers and blighting properties.  I could be describing Heathrow expansion plans, but all this applies equally to the Severn Barrage. The Barrage is to Wales and the South West what the Heathrow Third… Read More

There is a radical idea doing the rounds. So radical in fact that in years gone by, earlier forms of the idea have brought down governments, destroyed political parties, even brought the country to the brink of civil war. It’s explosive stuff.  Political dynamite. Being too technical to fit into an abusive UKIP tweet means it has passed the local elections by. But if the Kippers only knew it was about a… Read More

Decarbonisation is an ugly, overweight word.  On twitter it is cut to ‘decarb’; like a statutory pasta rationing regime.  But for green groups, it’s the rationing of targets not tagliatelle that is causing stomachs to rumble. Not satisfied with emissions targets for 2050 and 2020, binding carbon budgets, EU renewables targets and global emissions pledges, some environmentalists are demanding another helping of targets.  Or perhaps this is the icing on a layered… Read More