Tag Archives: Energy Bill Revolution

Three ways green policy can reassure voters at the next election

Anonymous crowd of people walking on city streetThis 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 government will be pursuing small ‘c’ conservative ends: stability and security.

The 2010 general election was not a cautious one. The banking crisis required national renewal and David Cameron, in optimistic mode, issued a manifesto invitation for the public to ‘join the government of Britain’. All three parties promised ‘revolutions’ in green technology.

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Where next for energy policy?

This post is by Matthew Spencer, director of Green Alliance.

Anyone reading the media coverage of the Energy Bill announcement last Friday will be left wondering who really won and what will happen next to energy policy. There were some clear winners but they weren’t on either side of the Coalition divide on decarbonisation, which means that the future direction of energy policy remains very uncertain.

The lack of agreement on decarbonisation raises the risk for the first time that climate change could become a dividing line between the political parties at the next election. Read more