This evening I went to hear former Special Advisor Duncan Brack speak at a Haringey Liberal Democrats Pizza and Politics event. In among the interesting talk and many good questions there was one that really caught my attention. Duncan was asked what he thought the Department of Energy and Climate Change, where he had worked, should pick if it had any extra money to spend.
His first preference – more money on commercialising Carbon Capture and Storage. He particularly stressed the role for CCS given the possibility of large new sources of gas such as shale gas becoming available which, in the absence of CCS, would result in Britain being locked into a high carbon energy pattern.