Friday, 19 November 2021
How energy was commodified, and how it could be decommodified
Monday, 1 November 2021
Ukraine 1917: socialism and nationalism in a world turned upside down
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
Stop the climate-wrecking Silvertown Tunnel
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
Unused Tools: How Central Banks are fuelling the climate crisis
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
Azerbaijan's gas sales strategy at a crossroads
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
Strategies for the new climate war
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.”
Ukraine-EU gas market integration: short-term progress, long-term challenges
My colleague Jack Sharples and I wrote a paper, just published by the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, that surveyed the recent changes in the gas storage market in Ukraine, the use of that storage capacity by European traders, and how this fits into the larger picture of the integration of the Ukrainian and European gas markets.
Sunday, 21 February 2021
Response to Greenwich borough Climate Neutral Plan 2021-2030
Thursday, 28 January 2021
The Direct Air Capture road to socialism?
I have taken a critical look at "left" support for geoengineering, and at talk of "ecological Leninism", in this review essay of Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency by Andreas Malm. The essay was published by Capitalism Nature Socialism (March 2021). And the final draft of the text (pretty much what ended up being published) is downloadable here.