Friday, 11 March 2022
A discussion between Larry Lohmann, David Schwartzman and me on the role of fossil fuels in capitalist society, and the meaning of “energy” and related concepts. The discussion covered issues about the transition away from fossil fuels, and away from capitalism. From the People & Nature blog.
Friday, 19 November 2021
Monday, 1 November 2021
My review of The Workers' Movement and the National Question in Ukraine, 1897-1918 by Marko Bojcun: “by far the most comprehensive account of its subject, filling a gap in writing about Ukraine’s revolution – that has most often been seen through lenses focused primarily on Russia”.
Friday, 8 October 2021
This Briefing, published by the Transport Action Network, answers some of the claims made in support of the £2 billion Silvertown tunnel road-building scheme. I am a supporter of a local campaign against the tunnel project, which is incompatible with London making a fair contribution to climate targets and undermines efforts to move London's transport system away from car dependence
Monday, 27 September 2021
Tuesday, 31 August 2021
Oil Change International's report, to which I contributed research. "While some central bank executives claim that tackling the climate crisis is beyond their mandates, at the same time they have positively reinforced fossil fuel financing, and even directly financed fossil fuel production. [...] Central banks have the tools to catalyze and accelerate the end of financing for fossil fuels — through monetary policy, regulatory action, and excluding fossil fuel assets from their own portfolios. But, with only limited exceptions, they are not using these tools."
Monday, 31 May 2021
The natural gas sales contract between the Shah Deniz consortium and Botas of Turkey, covering 6.6 bcm/year from the first phase of the project, expired last month and was not renewed. Deliveries stopped. In an Energy Comment for the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, I wrote that this throws a shadow over the future of the Southern Gas Corridor and the timing of Azerbaijan gas development.
Thursday, 8 April 2021
My review of The New Climate War by Michael Mann, in The Ecologist. “Enemy weapons, Michael Mann argues, include greenwash, illusory technofixes, and deflecting attention to individuals not companies. Agree. But the further Mann goes into the social implications of transition from fossil fuels, the greater problems I had.”