Unravelling the Ties that Bind: 2008–2010
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By the late 2000s, widespread perceptions of an energy supply security crisis in the UK combined with new renewable energy targets and a continuing sense of uncertainty left a more open space for those who advocated change to be heard in political circles. Policy-makers and politicians were more aware not only that energy as a policy area was becoming problematic but also of some of the details and depth of those problems, and were actively seeking other solutions. At this time a more audible crisis narrative emerged in support of the notion that problems being experienced were not just externally generated, but were in fact endogenous to current energy governance institutions. Another notable way in which alternative crisis narratives were progressing was that climate campaigners started to draw on security concerns in order to underpin arguments for more state support for renewable energy production. This is referred to here as ‘narrative appropriation’. As such an energy security-climate nexus was formed which borrowed from geopolitical and climate narratives in order to provide both reasons for change and solutions to perceived problems.
KeywordsRenewable Energy Climate Policy Energy Policy Energy Security Climate Governance
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- 12.The Machinery of Government Act also included the creation of the National Economic Council, to ‘co-ordinate economic policy across government’ (Cabinet Office 2008: 1). There had been some parliamentary opposition to this departmental restructuring by the prime minister – questions were raised about whether he ‘should continue to exercise near-absolute power to reorganise the Civil Service Departments’ (House of Commons 2008: 3). 13. Although, to complicate matters, it should be noted that BERR has since been restructured and has become the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.Google Scholar