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Monday, February 24, 2003

A BBC NewsOnline forum has allowed people to ask an energy expert (Prof Ian Fells) about the Energy White Paper that the UK has just published, and the government's ability to follow up on their goal of a 60% cut in greenhouse gas emissions, relative to 1990 levels, by 2050 based on their proposals for greater energy efficiency and the relative roles of renewable + nuclear energy sectors.

Prof. Fells makes many interesting + quite subtle points regarding the realities of the UK's current + future energy provision...

Overall there appear to be a number of "reality gaps" that are largely to do with the political difficulties associated with increased nuclear power being dodged + a lack of funds being made available for renewables.

The absence of a tax on aircraft fuel is highlighted yet again...