Taking energy policy from the mid-Atlantic

Should the UK follow the US or the EU? The government is giving us the worst of all worlds: high prices, environmental damage and no security of supply.

Molly Scott CatoWhen the House of Commons voted not to become involved in the Syrian conflict, questions were raised about whether our foreign policy was becoming stranded somewhere in the mid-Atlantic. Were we going to follow the US position of aggressive defence of its global interests, or were we going to follow the EU model of engaged diplomacy?

We could ask similar questions about the government’s energy policy: will we follow the market model of the US, with its focus on national security, or the citizen-focused renewables policy of many EU states? While this binary distinction is somewhat artificial, it does help us explore what is driving our policy and why it contains so many inconsistencies and changes of direction

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