Helm runs through multiple policy failures on the road to the beginning of the end of the fossil fuel ageby Isabel Hilton / March 15, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in April 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
Burn Out: The Endgame for Fossil Fuels, by Dieter Helm (Yale, £20)
There is much to admire in Dieter Helm’s latest book, Burn Out. It is a characteristically dyspeptic account, by the professor of energy policy at Oxford, of multiple policy failures on the road to the beginning of the end of the fossil fuel age. Yet he saves most of his scorn for NGOs and European politicians. He argues they promoted the expensive and ineffective remedies of intermittent renewables and carbon trading, while failing to anticipate the rise of China. His evidence? Emissions continued to rise throughout the period of the Kyoto Protocol. His solution? Use gas while waiting for better technology.