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

June 9, 2014 by Robert Stavins
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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
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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
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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
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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 17, 2010 by a b

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‘...[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]

Conservative Proposals for ‘Open Source’ Planning

February 25, 2010 by Vicky Portwain

Newly announced Conservative proposals for the UK Planning system would make it harder for wind energy companies to build wind farms without the support of immediate neighbours. The Tories say that on-shore wind farms are not appropriate in all settings: local community consent is vital, and applications will need to be considered in the...[read more]

Thoughts on Framing Climate Change

February 22, 2010 by WattHead Guest Contributor

By Leigh Ewbank. Cross posted from The Real Ewbank The climate blog It’s Getting Hot in Here featured an excellent post on the framing of climate change at the weekend. Taj Schottland, a senior at the College of the Atlantic, has developed three frames for communicating climate change and associated policies to political conservatives....[read more]

McCain falsely claims he has ‘never favored’ capping global warming pollution

February 17, 2010 by Joseph Romm

Outside of DC, global warming has been a bipartisan issue, where some of the real leaders are Republican.  Even in DC, a leading proponent of strong action is one of the most conservative Senators [see Lindsey Graham (R-SC): “The idea of not pricing carbon, in my view, means you’re not serious about energy independence.... You’ll...[read more]