Author Archives: Alastair Harper

About Alastair Harper

Alastair joined Green Alliance in January 2012 as the senior policy adviser leading Green Alliance's Political Leadership theme. He manages the Climate Leadership Programme for MPs and joint advocacy work with the NGO community.

Letter from America: no man is an island

Alastair Harper is head of politics at Green Alliance. He participated in the US State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Programme on climate change. This is the final report of his trip. My visit to the United States ended where the current president … Continue reading

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Letter from America: how cowboys cope with climate change

Alastair Harper is head of politics at Green Alliance. He’s currently participating in the US State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Programme on climate change. This is his third report on his experiences. As we make our journey over the shale wells and wind farms … Continue reading

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Letter from America: the US’s secret green test site

Alastair Harper is head of politics at Green Alliance. He’s currently participating in the US State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Programme on climate change. This is his second dispatch reporting on his experiences. There is no typical America or American, but … Continue reading

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Letter from America: Washington and the art of compromise

Alastair Harper is head of politics at Green Alliance. He’s participating in the US State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Programme on climate change and will be sending dispatches over the next couple of weeks based on his experiences. Washington is … Continue reading

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Can the Prime Minister deliver his climate pledges?

This post first appeared on BusinessGreen. Many didn’t believe the Prime Minister would ever agree to make a pledge on climate change. Not in the middle of a general election. And not when Lynton Crosby was so busy getting any … Continue reading

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Five things we learned from the Greener Britain Hustings

At the Greener Britain Hustings, senior party representatives debated with the general public what they will do, if they get into power at the next election, to create a greener Britain. Unlike some of the other election debates on offer, … Continue reading

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Why the EU2030 climate agreement is progress

The new EU 2030 climate package is a messy compromise, just like every other negotiated agreement in history, but it constitutes real progress. It is progress because we now have the most ambitious regional agreement on emissions reduction anywhere in … Continue reading

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Why the Prime Minister is going to the New York climate summit  

A version of this post was first published by the New Statesman. A new joint report from Green Alliance, WWF, Christian Aid, RSPB and Greenpeace believes we will have a global agreement on tackling climate change by the end of next … Continue reading

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Why Miliband and Cameron shouldn’t be shy about climate change

A version of this article was first published on Labour List. At last year’s party conference, Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna said to a public meeting that he had recommended Labour’s electoral team to make a television broadcast around Ed … Continue reading

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From huskies to now: 10 examples that show Tory green thinking is alive and well

Some Conservative commentators have argued that the vote blue/go green period of David Cameron’s leadership was unconsidered advertising, not built on any foundation of conservative philosophy. But a review of recent conservative writing on green issues suggests otherwise.  The writers … Continue reading

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