Well would you believe it? On the very day that yet another Energy White Paper hits the DTI website, BP announces it won't be going ahead with its much-vaunted plan for a carbon-capture-and-storage (CCS) project for a coal-fired power station in Scotland.
The ostensible reason is that the government won't be deciding something-or-other (perhaps it hasn't made up its mind whether it likes the sound of clean-coal electricity?) until November. Not good enough, says BP. What a dreadful coincidence of timing: and there was us thinking that BP was wired into NuLab - Anji Hunter and all that.
Is it just that, as any fule kno, CCS is grotesquely uneconomic? Or do we detect a bit of the legendary BP brinkmanship here? McBroon has to be shown he can't take BP for granted?
What a happy honeymoon this is turning out to be for Wee Gordo. And what a good job John Browne already has his peerage, eh?