Dear Mr Juncker, We write to you on the subject of the appointment of a new Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission; a post held until recently by Professor Anne Glover. We commend the record of Professor Glover, the first postholder in this position, both in her role as an adviser […]
In response to a request from Liberal Democrats likely to be affected by fracking operations, Aldes members have written a position paper on the subject. It looks at the subject from the viewpoint of residents affected by the operations, as well as that of the government, and it attempts a global viewpoint as well. There […]
It is an article of faith with many Liberal Democrats, Greens and others that renewable energy is an unreservedly good thing. Life, however, is rarely that simple and there are arguments to the contrary. Some are exaggerated, some just wrong, but others have merit and deserve to be heard. ALDOffshoreWind314
Chris Huhne, former Energy and Climate Change Secretary and member of ALDES, recently wrote this critique of fracking in the Guardian.
Personally, I don’t like the abrasive and sarcastic tone of it but he makes some very valid points nonetheless. In particular he points out that the USA is disconnected from the world’s gas market allowing a local surplus to cause gas prices (and coal prices) to drop in the USA. The UK, in contrast, is very connected indeed and even if we did produce masses of Shale Gas at reasonable cost it will not be enough to depress gas prices all over Europe and beyond.
Aldes has spent considerable time investigating the details of the Thameslink contract awarded to Siemens. We previously published a statement on the issue by our chair Steve Coltman. Aldes are now releasing a longer report on the issue by Steve Coltman, available to download at the link below “Treason!” The word was uttered by an ordinary […]
Aldes Chair Steve Coltman is today releasing this statement, reporting on Aldes’ inquiries into the drafting of the Thameslink contract and Bombardier’s unsuccessful bid.