When Margaret Thatcher and the Dalai Lama Agree

June 15, 2015 by Adam Whitmore

Climate change is a politically divisive issue, with those on the left more active and concerned than conservatives. And there is much evidence that those with different values perceive the issue differently. But concern about climate change can be placed firmly in the mainstream of the conservative tradition.[read more]

People's Climate March and Conservatives: Should Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben Engage the Political Right?

October 14, 2014 by Johannes Urpelainen

On September 21, hundreds of thousands joined the People’s Climate March in New York. While the marchers were diverse, it was diversity among liberals and leftists. The anti-globalization, anti-corporate, anti-agribusiness, socialist, and labor activists were all there in large numbers, making a lot of noise.[read more]

Did the "People's Climate" March Leave Conservatives on the Sidelines?

October 7, 2014 by Sieren Ernst

No one march will be enough to stop climate change, and the organizations putting people in the streets are powerful. They could be more so. The environmental movement has repeatedly claimed that “climate change is not a left or right issue.” If that’s true, they need to walk the walk.[read more]

EPA's Proposed Greenhouse Gas Regulation: Why are Conservatives Attacking its Market-Based Options?

June 9, 2014 by Robert Stavins

Professor Richard Schmalensee and I told the sordid tale of how conservatives in Congress who once supported cap and trade had come to lambast climate change legislation as “cap-and-tax.” Ironically, in doing this, conservatives have chosen to demonize their own market-based creation.[read more]

The Most Interesting Climate Policy Debate You Haven't Heard Of

May 27, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Climate Policy Debate

It occurred last June between two groups of conservatives. On the do-nothing side were well-known climate-science deniers, James Taylor of Heartland and David Kreutzer of Heritage Foundation. On the other side was R Street senior fellow Andrew Moylan with former GOP congressman Bob Inglis.[read more]

Where Are Conservatives' Big Ideas About Clean Energy?

May 15, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Michael Liebreich penned an essay recently that outlined this intellectual conflict on the right: "Conservatives have allowed the left to claim ownership of the environment. The mistake has been implicitly to accept that protecting our environment is in opposition to a prosperous and free society."[read more]

Don’t believe in global warming? That’s not very conservative.

November 7, 2010 by Joseph Romm

The best science available suggests that without taking action to fundamentally change how we produce and use energy, we could see temperatures rise 9 to 11 degrees Fahrenheit over much of the United States by 2090. These estimates have sometimes been called high-end predictions, but the corresponding low-end forecasts assume we will...[read more]

Can Conservatives Support Clean Energy Innovation Policy?

October 19, 2010 by Teryn Norris

Steven Hayward, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and co-author of the “Post-Partisan Power” report, has a new article in The Weekly Standard that makes the conservative case for a federal energy innovation agenda.  Hayward’s independent analysis is a must-read for conservatives advocates and indicates a strong...[read more]

Green Party Set to Gather Disaffected Lib Dems

May 15, 2010 by Vicky Portwain

The Green Party has asked Lib Dem voters not happy with Nick Clegg joining forces with the Tories to talk to the Greens instead. Green Party MSP Patrick Harvie said “Lib Dem members and supporters did not work hard over the last weeks and months to see their party become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Tories“. He said the Liberal...[read more]

Nuclear or no nuclear….the first dispute for the UK’s newly elected Cameron-Clegg coalition

May 14, 2010 by Climatico Analysis

As former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown and his family stepped down from service, the new Conservative leader, David Cameron has finally stepped in to Number 10 Downing Street.  In the most exciting, yet controversial general election for decades, the UK has seen a Cameron and his next in command, Nick Clegg from the Liberal...[read more]

Liberal Conservative Coalition – What has been Agreed on Energy and Climate Change?

May 13, 2010 by Vicky Portwain

It’s official, the Conservatives have formed a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats. As a result we have a Liberal Democrat cabinet minister for energy and climate change – Chris Huhne. In 2007 Chris Hulne said “The doubling of our electricity generation from wind in a little more than a year shows what renewables can do,...[read more]

What Could the UK Election Results Mean for future Energy Policy?

May 11, 2010 by Vicky Portwain

In the face of the first UK hung parliament since 1974, the media has been dominated by talks of what happens next. A potential Conservative/ Lib Dem coalition has to date been the most discussed. We know however that the Conservatives and the Lib Dems have major policy differences on electoral reform, the economy and immigration....[read more]

Paying for the nuclear renaissance in the U.K.

April 18, 2010 by Dan Yurman

Setting a floor price on carbon taxes has become an election issue The role of carbon taxes as a source of financial support for new nuclear plants in the  U.K. is shaping up to be an election issue.  Britain will have a general election in May.  The ruling Labour Party and the challengers from the Conservatives agree on...[read more]

UK Political Party Manifestos Commit to Renewable Energy

April 16, 2010 by Vicky Portwain

The key English political parties have now launched their manifestos in advance of the elections on May 6th.All parties commit to a substantial proportion of the UK’s energy coming from renewable sources in the near future; however the details of measures to facilitate this move are not yet clear.Labour’s ‘Future Fair for All‘ manifesto...[read more]

Conservative Energy Policy Goes Live

March 25, 2010 by Vicky Portwain

The Conservatives want to put in place an offshore wind energy grid and “take the poison out of onshore wind” according to their energy policy released this week. Shadow Prime Minister David Cameron says the Conservative policy paper “Rebuilding Security” sets out the party’s would-be programme for a reform of British energy policy....[read more]