Futures Forum: "... a reckless use of public money at a time when people are very concerned about energy costs.”
Futures Forum: "SVEAG say 'unjustifiable' price rises by big companies will see another £1.5 million added to the estimated £15 million that leaves the area every year."
Meanwhile, although not perfect, the German model seems to be gaining ground:
Futures Forum: “Energiewende” – energy transformation... reducing dependence on fossil fuels and changing the role of the large traditional utilities.
On Start the Week on Radio 4, Naomi Klein argued that not enough is being done to tackle the entrenched position of the fossil fuel industy:
BBC Radio 4 - Start the Week, Naomi Klein on climate change and growth
Futures Forum: Climate Change: and growth on Radio 4
In the US, apparently $70bn worth of subsidies goes to the oil and gas industries - according to this vivid graphic:
Ralph Nader has something to say about this:
Bowling Strikes Against the Carbon Kingpins | Ralph Nader
Futures Forum: Ralph Nader: UNSTOPPABLE
Here's a piece from last week from the author of the Greenpeace report:
THE CARBON KINGPINS’ WAR ON DEMOCRACY
September 26th 2014
BY CHARLIE CRAY
ALEC sees mass exodus of companies leaving the group Greenpeace Blogs
Here's the full report:
Kingpins of Carbon | Greenpeace
And here's something a little more provocative:
Totalitarianism, American Style
September 22, 2014
Chris Hedges made these remarks Saturday at a panel discussion in New York City titled “The Climate Crisis: Which Way Out?” The other panelists were Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Kshama Sawant and Sen. Bernie Sanders. The event, moderated by Brian Lehrer, occurred on the eve of the People’s Climate March in New York City. For a video of some of what the panelists said, click here.
We have undergone a transformation during the last few decades—what John Ralston Saul calls a corporate coup d’état in slow motion. We are no longer a capitalist democracy endowed with a functioning liberal class that once made piecemeal and incremental reform possible. Liberals in the old Democratic Party such as the senators Gaylord Nelson, Birch Bayh and George McGovern—who worked with Ralph Nader to make the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Mine Safety and Health Act, the Freedom of Information Act and the OSHA law, who made common cause with labor unions to protect workers, who stood up to the arms industry and a bloated military—no longer exist within the Democratic Party, as Nader has been lamenting for several years. They were pushed out as corporate donors began to transform the political landscape with the election of Ronald Reagan. And this is why the Democrats have not, as Bill Curry points out, enacted any major social or economic reforms since the historic environmental laws of the early ’70s.
We are governed, rather, by a species of corporate totalitarianism, or what the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin describes as “inverted totalitarianism.” By this Wolin means a system where corporate power, while it purports to pay fealty to electoral politics, the Constitution, the three branches of government and a free press, along with the iconography and language of American patriotism, has in fact seized all the important levers of power to render the citizen impotent.
Inverted Totalitarianism: A New Way of Understanding How the U.S. Is Controlled | Alternet
Futures Forum: "Fossil fuels at a tipping point?"
Futures Forum: Peak Oil... and the oil industry
Futures Forum: Climate change: the language of framing.... "Climate change hysteria is really a feeling."
Futures Forum: Climate change: the language of framing... "Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change"
Futures Forum: "Climate science has been dragged into the American-style culture wars that are turning British intellectual life into a battlefield."
Futures Forum: The continuing politicisation of the climate change debate