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From The Socialist newspaper, 13 January 2016
A UK power plant is under European Union (EU) investigation - for daring to partially switch to a potentially lower-carbon fuel.
Drax in North Yorkshire received state subsidy to burn biomass as well as coal. The EU is concerned this gives it an 'unfair advantage' over competing power stations!
The jury's still out as to whether biomass is a genuinely eco-friendly alternative to fossil fuels. See 'Can biomass energy be part of a socialist plan of production?' at socialistparty.org.uk for more.
But if even this half-hearted measure is an unacceptable threat to the supreme rule of the free market, what chance have we got?
The Socialist says: nationalise all the energy firms under democratic workers' control. For a mass programme of investment into green technology and infrastructure.
Oxfam reports that between the 2010 Copenhagen and 2015 Paris climate conferences, the number of billionaires with interests in fossil fuel rose from 54 to 88. Their combined personal wealth has grown by about half in that time, from over $200 billion to more than $300 billion.
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In The Socialist 13 January 2016:
What we think
Corbyn must lead a fight against the right and for an anti-austerity programme
NHS not safe in Tory hands
Junior doctors' strike: picket photos and reports
Health workers under attack!
Doctors battle burnout as 100 full-up GP surgeries apply to shut their doors
"Shattered but proud", a day in the life of a student nurse
Student nurses march to oppose bursary cut
Socialist Party news and analysis
Bosses 'earn' year's pay in under a week
BBC planned live Labour resignation to damage Corbyn
EU probes power plant for wrongdoing over switch from coal to biomass
What We Saw
Them & Us
Slums, speculation, sell-offs and sardines
Cameron's housing con
Housing staff strike against cuts
Cameron's 10,000 new homes won't hide the problem
476,000 homes in England go unbuilt by speculators
A clear strategy to defeat the Tory cuts
Council uses reserves to stop cuts
Councillors must resist cuts
Southampton people's budget meeting
Readers' comments and reviews
Victor Jara's revolutionary life, poetry and politics
International socialist news and analysis
Sexual assaults in Cologne exploited by racist establishment and far right
Saudi Arabia mass executions
Honduras: Day of the endangered lawyer
Workplace news and analysis
West Dunbartonshire teachers strike
Energy-filled pickets at EDF
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
"We hope to inspire people to go out and spread their passion for the Socialist"
Report: Socialist Party national women's meeting
Eleanor Marx: a life of struggle, solidarity and socialism
The Socialist 13 January 2016 |
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