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The FT’s energy blogger, Nick Butler, notes some worrying behaviour.

The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change is about to publish forecasts suggesting that gas prices could rise by up to 70 per cent over the next five years. This is scaremongering nonsense, and shows just how out of touch the Department is with the realities of the international energy market. Officials appear not to have consulted the industry or the traders. In reality the odds are that prices are just as likely to fall as to rise…

When civil servants are spreading misleading information to benefit a political agenda you know that there’s a problem.

Bishop Hill, 26 March 2013