Energy and Environment
“I don’t want you to listen to me – I want you to listen to the scientists. I want you to then unite behind the science – and take action.” These were the words spoken by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg to the US Congress last month. At face value, they are eminently reasonable. There ... Continue reading
Energy and Environment
On 2 October 2019, the Guardian wrote to the IEA accusing us of having "a long history of climate denial", setting out a small number of historic publications, going back to 1994, which the reporter implied supported this claim, and proposed we might wish to "retract" them. This in the context of an article the ... Continue reading
When it comes to environmental problems in general and global warming in particular, I empathise with those who take the issue seriously. I like nature and I am risk averse. However, I tend to disagree with most campaigners on their policy conclusions which are frequently dangerous, at best. Greta Thunberg has become a sensation. But ... Continue reading

Emma Revell writes for Spiked!

Knee-jerk policy making is leading to worse environmental outcomes, says Emma Revell, IEA Communications Manager. Writing in Spiked!, Emma highlights the example of McDonalds who responded to public opinion on single-use plastics by replacing the 1/8 million straws used in their restaurants daily with paper alternatives, only to later admit it had replaced 100% recyclable ... Continue reading

Julian Jessop writes for The Telegraph

There is a long tradition on the negative consequences of a large population, emphasised especially in the works of Thomas Malthus. What he did not anticipate however, is the power of "human ingenuity". "Those linking population growth to climate change today are making much the same mistakes", writes Julian Jessop - an Economics Fellow at ... Continue reading
Energy and Environment

Chris Snowdon quoted in The Sun

IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Chris Snowdon has been quoted in an article by The Sun. “The TUC call a 30-minute workday solidarity stoppage to coincide with the global school student strike on 20 September.” Chris has said that “if we are to reduce carbon emissions we need serious policies, not empty gestures.” Another source has ... Continue reading

Darren Grimes writes for Spiked!

Politicians have nodded through a new law committing the UK to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 with zero scrutiny and zero mandate, argues Darren Grimes, Digital Manager at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing for Spiked!, Darren argues the policy would impose huge costs on the poorest households and have a detrimental impact on ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in the Daily Mail

New advice from NICE on avoiding air pollution was branded "confusing and overwhelming" by Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. The new advice includes recommendations such as opening windows when cooking and never drying clothes indoors to avoid indoor air pollution but Chris said "the risks of these are ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes for The Telegraph

Legislating for a climate change target which is not possible now and may not be possible in future is "fatuous at best and irresponsible at worst", writes Christopher Snowdon in The Telegraph. Chris, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, criticising the House of Commons for passing - without a vote - ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood quoted in the Daily Mail

John McDonnell announced yesterday that Labour would give the Bank of England the power to remove companies from the London Stock Exchange if they do not tackle climate change and invest in policies which "kill the planet". Mark Littlewood, Director-General of the Institute of Economic Affairs, is quoted in the Daily Mail opposing the plans, ... Continue reading