Tim Yeo's extensive financial interests in the renewable energy sector have been well-documented elsewhere. (Search on 'Tim Yeo', and 'conflict of interest' is the first thing that google suggests.) So by rights he should be disqualified from being Chairman of the Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change.
Such is the corruption of modern life, he ploughs on regardless: and now he plans to sabotage the only strategic aspect of UK energy policy that makes any sense.
The story so far: for discreditable reasons the government has carried forward most of the scorched-earth energy policy made by Ed Miliband when last in power, endorsing fatuous green targets of various kinds and, most stupidly, sticking with the 'legally binding' charade. However, in the knowledge that much of this is not just daft, it's physically infeasible if we wish to live ordinary civilised western lives, a strategic let-out was engineered into the Energy Bill - there are a few grown-ups somewhere in Whitehall - by setting the EPS (emissions performance standard) for a power plant at 450 gCO2/kWh until 2045.
The significance of this is that, while it disbars even the most modern coal-fired power plant without CCS (the sort they are building as fast as they can in Germany) , it allows modern gas-fired plant to be built and operate efficiently for its entire working life, without fitting CCS. (It also allows gas-fired plant to run in less-efficient back-up mode behind windfarms etc.)
Coupled with the government's recent pronouncement that it wishes to encourage 26-37 GW of new gas-fired plant to be built, we have a policy that at least offers a physically feasible way of keeping the show on the road. I accept, of course, that security of gas supply is an issue.
The government has already swatted away the proposal of the CCC (under our friends Gummer and Kennedy) to set the EPS at 50 gCO2, which of course means that all fossil fuel plant must install, or be liable to retro-fit, CCS - thus ensuring none (I say again, none) gets built. The speed with which Ed Davey delivered his blunt rebuke was such that I'm guessing he actually understands the game.
Enter Yeo, who intends to amend the Bill to reinstate a CCC-ispired EPS: "He would accept a compromise of a range for the target, of 50g to 100g. 'I see it as a helpful contribution'".
I see it as reason to have the whip withdrawn, and Yeo deselected forthwith. Happy Christmas and goodbye, Mr Yeo: it's uncooked turkey and stone-cold pudding for you.