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Policy report: Power and the planet

Britain’s energy mix has changed a lot, but government remains committed to doing whatever it takes to kick our carbon habit

Policy report: Power and the planet

Britain’s energy mix has changed a lot, but government remains committed to doing whatever it takes to kick our carbon habit

Jay Elwes Executive Editor, Prospect

Britain’s bad example

It’s hard to know what to make of Britain’s policy on carbon emissions. Only recently, the government helped to bring about a real success in the cleanest energy of all—solar. The technology became cheaper due to the mass production of photo-voltaic cells, and UK energy market reforms made solar even more economical.

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In Prospect’s December issue: Timothy Garton Ash and David Allen Green assess Brexit and ask whether it’s too late for things to change. Garton Ash explains how Brexit is just one part of a fracturing Europe and that it might not be too late for the UK’s situation—or that of the rest of Europe—to change. Green takes apart the “shambolic” way that Britain has approached Brexit and suggests a number of options that parliament should strongly consider if minister are to change their views. Elsewhere in the issue: Jo Glanville visits a rural GP surgery and exposes the crises that are played out day-in-day-out all over the country. Stephen Phelan suggests that Spain’s decision to exhume General Franco’s remains threatens to disturb more than his bones. Martin Rees writes about our dreams of understanding the entire universe—and how we may never be able to satisfy that desire.