At last, now we know what’s too expensive for renewable energy

An interesting article in The Guardian insisting that the Swansea tidal barrage should be junked. Not that they quite put it that way but that is what their argument means. What they’re actually saying, these Green glitterati, is that the Hinkley C reactor should not go ahead: So how do the operators, the French company […]

New ASI Paper: “Utility Gains: Assessing the Record of Britain’s Privatized Utilities”

A new Adam Smith Institute paper, “Utility Gains: Assessing the Record of Britain’s Privatized Utilities” assesses the various utility sales of telecoms, gas, water and electricity companies during the 1980’s and 1990’s and looks at how government, shareholders and customers fared since the privatisation process. The paper argues that the following benefits occurred for each […]

There’s not really $22 trillion in savings from giving cities lots of money

Another day, another new report on how if we just spend squillions on pet schemes then more than squillions will be saved and we’ll all become rich! As reported: Putting cities on a course of smart growth – with expanded public transit, energy-saving buildings, and better waste management – could save as much as $22tn […]

Why the answer is a carbon tax and not carbon credits

Back a decade we here at the ASI were mulling through the implications of the Stern Review and associated work. We still differ over the strength of the evidence stating that disaster is imminent. But our views on how to deal with it all assuming the evidence is true have converged. Some of us were […]

The death of the solar subsidy

This looks like a good idea: Britain’s solar boom is over after ministers announced they would offer virtually no subsidies for people to install panels on their homes. For there’s no actual reason for the UK to offer such subsidies. Despite these claims: Alasdair Cameron, from Friends of the Earth, said: “From California to China, […]