One of my current interests is making transcripts out of interesting (to me) bits of audio and video I find on the internet, mostly to do with climate change. One of my favourite sources is BBC Radio 4′s Today programme, which often has good interviews related to this subject and where items seldom last longer than about 6 minutes, making them very quick and straightforward to transcribe.
Here are a few from last week, which saw the Department of Energy and Climate Change, here in the UK, appear to emerge victorious from a battle with the Treasury over cuts to subsidies for onshore wind farms. I say “appear to” emerge victorious, because it looks as though DECC may be conceding that natural gas will play an important part in electricity generation beyond 2030. And that means that carbon targets will be missed.
Before the Today programme excerpts, here’s an item from BBC Radio Scotland, with MP Tim Yeo of the Commons’ Energy and Climate Change Committee describing the rift with the Treasury. And here he is on Radio 4 the same morning. Two days later, Ed Davey – the UK Secretary for Energy and Climate Change – is talking here on Radio 4 and answering (well, actually doing his best to avoid answering) questions on the subject. Finally, an item of related business news here, with Martin Wright, Chairman of the Renewable Energy Alliance giving his reaction to the proceedings.
All this, I realise, will be mostly of interest to fellow die-hard followers of the climate debate.
For anyone reading this blog who finds that topic about as interesting as watching concrete set, there will be a post on a different subject along shortly!