Category Archives: Politics

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Three ways green policy can reassure voters at the next election

This post first appeared on The Guardian’s Environment blog. After years of economic uncertainty and falling living standards the 2015 election will have a defensive feel to it. The electorate will want reassurance, not big change. Whoever ends up in … 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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Learning from Merkel’s approach to energy politics

This post is by Matthew Lockwood, a senior research fellow in the Energy Policy Group at the University of Exeter. Angela Merkel’s visit to London yesterday is being widely reported in the context of David Cameron’s efforts to secure EU … Continue reading

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Borrowing is the best way to pay for flood protection

This post first appeared on The Staggers, the New Statesman’s politics blog. Economics is not called the dismal science for nothing. As we watch the shocking images of filthy water pouring into homes and distressed residents leaving in rubber dinghies, … Continue reading

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The ‘penny-drop moment’: building political leadership for radical emission reduction

This post is by Rebecca Willis, independent adviser on environment and sustainability and Green Alliance associate, working with us on our Climate Leadership Programme. This is a shortened version of her recent presentation to the Tyndall Centre’s Radical Emissions Reduction conference.  Crossword fanatics … Continue reading

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Green levy cuts could threaten good energy market competition

This post is by Caroline Julian, head of research at the independent think tank ResPublica. The government’s announcement to reduce energy bills by an average of £50 per household per year will temporarily be a welcome relief, but only for customers … Continue reading

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Green conservatism: the market vs the environment

This post is by Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border. It is from a collection of essays: Green conservatism: protecting the environment through open markets. There are similar collections published under ‘Green social democracy’ and ‘Green liberalism’ projects as … Continue reading

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Conference diary: where now for green conservatism?

In his latest post from the party conferences,  Green Alliance’s  Alastair Harper reports from Manchester. This piece first appeared on BusinessGreen. There’s something surreal about the way the parties shuffle the same cities for their annual conferences. Last night, I sat in on a … Continue reading

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Avoiding an energy civil war

This essay, by Michael Liebreich, CEO of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, also appears in Green conservatism: protecting the environment through open market, published last week by Green Alliance. There are similar collections under ‘Green social democracy’ and ‘Green liberalism’ projects as part … Continue reading

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The coalition has lost its momentum as a reforming government seeking to be green

This post also appears in the current edition of Utility Week. I was having dinner with a former US colleague when I realised how far UK leadership on the environment had weakened. I used to feel pity for US environmentalists, … Continue reading

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