Conservative voters are more green than stereotype would suggest

Bright Blue senior researcher Sam Hall has written for Conservative Home about our new polling report. He argues that, despite a few vocal sceptics, mainstream Conservatives support policies to protect and improve the environment.

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At a time when there’s a climate-sceptic Republican President in the White House reversing American climate action, our polling reveals most British Conservatives (60 per cent) accept the scientific consensus that climate change is happening and is mostly caused by human activity.

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Tory voters back more onshore wind

Bright Blue senior researcher Sam Hall is interviewed about onshore wind in the context of the new report. He argues that Conservative voters are now open to further onshore wind development.

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“There have been a handful of prominent and loud climate sceptics, who have been linked to the Conservative Party and our report shows they are not representative of most mainstream Conservative voters."

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Tory voters want environmental regulations maintained after Brexit

Bright Blue's new report "Green conservatives? Understanding what conservatives think about the environment" is covered in the Guardian. The report shows that most Conservatives voters want EU environmental regulations at least maintained after Brexit.

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Significant majorities of Conservative voters want EU environmental regulations to be maintained or even strengthened in the wake of Brexit, a poll carried out for the Tory thinktank Bright Blue has found.

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Air quality post-Brexit: Blue sky thinking or foggy future?

Bright Blue senior researcher Sam Hall is quoted in Business Green on air quality post-Brexit. He calls for the Industrial Emissions Directive to be maintained after we leave the EU to help the coal phase-out.

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Sam Hall, senior researcher at conservative thinktank Bright Blue, told BusinessGreen the UK should look to retain the IED after Brexit. 

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Reports: Diesel drivers could face pollution charge in 35 English towns and cities

Bright Blue senior researcher Sam Hall is quoted in BusinessGreen about reports the Government will introduce new low emission zones across England. He welcomed the news and said they were an effective way to target air pollution reductions.

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Sam Hall, senior researcher at liberal Conservative think tank Bright Blue, said it was "great news" that the government was planning to set up low emission zones across the UK.

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Britain's greenhouse gas emissions continue to fall: Amount of carbon dioxide drops by 7% after steep reduction in coal use at power stations

Bright Blue senior researcher Sam Hall is quoted in the Daily Mail welcoming the fall in emissions in 2016. He calls on the Government to bring forward the coal phase-out date.

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Sam Hall, senior researcher at liberal conservative think tank Bright Blue, said: ‘The Government deserves serious credit for weakening the economics of coal.

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UK 'on track' to meet second carbon budget as emissions fall sharply over past two years

Bright Blue senior researcher Sam Hall was quoted in Business Green in response to greenhouse gas statistics for 2016. He welcomed the fall and called on the Government to bring forward coal phase-out date to 2023.

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"The government deserves serious credit for weakening the economics of coal, especially by introducing and maintaining a strong price on carbon. It now needs to finish the job and consign unabated coal to history."

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Greenhouse gas emissions fell 6% in 2016, official figures show

Bright Blue's senior researcher Sam Hall is quoted in a Press Association article on the 2016 greenhouse gas emissions statistics. He welcomed the fall in emissions and called on the Government to bring forward the date of the coal phase-out.

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"Rather than waiting until the end of 2025, the remaining coal-fired power stations should be closed by at least 2023 to bring forward investment in new, cleaner capacity."

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An opportunity to cut harmful air pollution from coal

Bright Blue's senior researcher Sam Hall has written for BusinessGreen about air pollution from coal-fired power stations. He calls on Ministers to support new proposals in the European Council to tighten emissions regulations for large plants.

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Put simply, if these proposals are accepted, many more plants will have to choose whether to make expensive upgrades in order to cut their emissions, or simply to close. 

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Think tank: Roll out toxic car charge across the UK

Bright Blue Senior Researcher Sam Hall is quoted in a Press Association article about air pollution near schools. He calls for city councils to have the powers and funding required to introduce low emission zones to protect children's health.

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English cities should be given more power to ban cars in order to protect children from illegal levels of air pollution, a government think tank says.

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Report: It's time for a clean-tech focused capacity market

Bright Blue Senior Researcher Sam Hall is quoted in BusinessGreen about the capacity market. He is commenting on a report, which finds that the capacity market could be scaled back and targeted so that it encourages clean, smart technologies.

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"As the remaining unreliable coal plants are taken offline, the challenge for government is to encourage more investment in renewables, energy efficiency, storage, and demand-side management."

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Lack of transparency over green energy subsidies 'shambolic', say MPs

Bright Blue researcher Sam Hall is quoted in the Guardian commenting on the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee report on consumer-funded energy policies. He argues that greater transparency is required over costs to consumers of not giving fixed-price contracts to onshore wind and solar.

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“The committee is right to ask government for greater transparency over consumer-funded energy policies. One area where more clarity is needed is the cost to consumers of excluding the cheapest renewable energy sources, onshore wind and solar, from competing for fixed-price contracts.”

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Green movement 'greatest threat to freedom', says Trump adviser

Bright Blue researcher Sam Hall is quoted in The Guardian commenting on remarks by Myron Ebell, Donald Trump's pick to lead the transition team at the Environment Protection Agency. He asserts that UK Conservatives are continuing to take action on climate change.

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“Despite the attempt by fringe elements to import ‘alternative facts’ from the US, mainstream conservatives in the UK support tackling climate change cost-effectively."

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Tories must 'loudly disown' Donald Trump's climate change denial or pay the electoral price, think tank warns

Bright Blue researcher Sam Hall was quoted in an article by The Independent about climate scepticism and the right. He argues that Conservatives need to loudly distance themselves from the ideas of climate sceptics, and not follow the path of Trump.

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Sam Hall, of Bright Blue, which campaigns for liberal conservatism, warned the centre-right could be “contaminated” as the “increasingly irrelevant ideas” of sceptics are shown not to be true.

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The right in America may deny climate change but conservatives in the UK are taking action

Bright Blue researcher Sam Hall has written for The Independent about climate scepticism. He argues that UK conservatives must loudly disown climate sceptics within their movement or risk an electoral penalty.

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In the UK, they are few in number and lack any real hold over the Government’s programme. But their association with the conservative movement risks contaminating the centre-right brand. 

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Government review likely to back Swansea Bay tidal lagoon

Bright Blue Associate Fellow Ben Caldecott is quoted in The Guardian ahead of the publication of the government-commissioned review of tidal power. He argues that it needs to prove it can be quickly cost-competitive.

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"The key thing is for tidal to demonstrate it can be a cost-competitive renewable technology without subsidy – if not today, then soon."

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Why is the UK selling its flagship climate bank?

Bright Blue Associate Fellow, Ben Caldecott, has commented on the privatisation of the Green Investment Bank (GIB). He argues that the GIB has failed in its remit to reduce the cost of capital and had acted like any other asset manager.

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"If the government doesn’t want a state-owned infrastructure bank, it should privatise the GIB completely and treat it like any other asset manager.”

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Brexit ‘zombie legislation’ could damage wildlife and farming, MPs warn

Bright Blue researcher Sam Hall is quoted in the Guardian on the Environmental Audit Committee's report on the impact of Brexit on the natural environment. He argues that any new legislation should increase ambition, for instance, on air pollution.

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Sam Hall, at the liberal conservative thinktank Bright Blue, said: “Brexit is an opportunity to improve the UK’s environment.

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