3 March 2023

The CapX Podcast: Ross Clark on Not Zero


The Government’s Net Zero target is nothing if not ambitious. It involves nothing less than decarbonising the British economy – energy, manufacturing, transport and agriculture included – all in the space of just a few decades.

But while there is a glut of potentially exciting new low-carbon technologies, and some encouraging signs that renewables are getting a lot cheaper, there’s still a huge question mark over how feasible the 2050 target is.

In his new book ‘Not Zero’, journalist Ross Clark suggests the Government has bitten off far more than it can chew, with a policy agenda that threatens to make Brits a lot worse off, with almost no benefit to the environment.
I sat down with Ross to talk about just what Net Zero entails, how far the Government is from its target and if we aren’t going to make it to Net Zero, what we should do instead.

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John Ashmore is Editor of CapX.