France's grandstanding on petrol cars belies the revolution that is already underway

Bright Blue's senior researcher Sam Hall has written in the Telegraph about the French Government's decision to ban all petrol and diesel cars by 2040. He argues that the UK Government should support a market-driven electrification of transport, rather than opt for blunt or intrusive regulations. 

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We are on the cusp of a profound disruption that will unlock many potential benefits, from lower air pollution and greater energy security, to cheaper maintenance requirements and fuel costs. But this transition will be delivered by consumers, not government edicts.

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The Tories must modernise or face defeat

Bright Blue's senior researcher Sam Hall has written for CapX about the need for the Conservative Party to modernise or face defeat at the next General Election. He argues that the Conservatives must offer concrete ideas on how to improve the living standards of the lowest paid in society, and to re-establish the party's reputation for social liberalism. 

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Theresa May was right to try to bolster the Conservatives’ support among working-class voters, a portion of the electorate they’ve historically struggled to convince, by talking about economic insecurity and low incomes. Indeed, these ideas appeal to younger voters, too. But her manifesto contained too few substantive solutions.

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Focus on issues that the young care about and the Tories can earn their vote

Bright Blue's senior researcher Sam Hall has written in the Times about how the Conservatives can increase their support amongst younger voters. He argues that the Conservative Party needs to improve its policies on the environment and housing, as well as how it communicates them to the public.

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There was no positive, liberal conservative pitch for young people. But here are some initial ideas for how they can rectify this. 

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UK could ditch its important role in global fight against climate change, environmentalists fear

Bright Blue's associate fellow Ben Caldecott responds to the general election result in the Independent. He argues that the cross-party consensus on climate change is strong, and so in a hung parliament collaboration should be possible.

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"It is also important for the Conservative Party to lead on this issue, not least because of its importance to younger voters, who have belatedly made their voice heard in our electoral system."

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The world doesn't need the US to lead climate change action – China will do it instead

Bright Blue senior researcher Sam Hall has written in the Telegraph about Trump's impending decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement. He argues that efforts to combat climate change will continue, with huge economic and political momentum around the world.

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Trump is swimming against the tide. There is little chance of a reprieve for old king coal in the US, which is being outcompeted by renewables and shale gas.

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Poll: Brits overwhelmingly back Paris Agreement and Climate Change Act

Bright Blue associate fellow Ben Caldecott was quoted in response to new polling showing strong public support for climate action. He argues that the UK's climate sceptic fringe is out of step with mainstream public opinion.

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"This is not at all surprising, despite what the small, but vocal climate denier brigade would like to try and have us believe," he said of the latest survey results.

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Election 2017: Conservatives back fracking 'revolution' in the party manifesto

Bright Blue senior researcher Sam Hall is quoted in the Independent on the Conservative manifesto. He argues that the benefits of fracking were oversold in the manifesto, and that the priority should be renewables.

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However, Sam Hall, of the 'liberal conservative' think tank Bright Blue, said the manifesto "oversells the benefits of fracking". 

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Conservative manifesto commits to climate targets and clean tech investments

Bright Blue senior researcher Sam Hall is quoted in Business Green on the launch of the Conservatives' manifesto. He welcomes the Conservatives' re-commitment to be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than it inherited it and criticises the lack of detail on air pollution.

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Sam Hall, senior researcher at the conservative think tank Bright Blue, said the manifesto should be "applauded for reaffirming [the Conservatives'] ambition for this to be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than it inherited it".

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Could fierce opposition to fracking make life difficult for certain Tories?

Bright Blue senior researcher Sam Hall is quoted in the New Statesman about fracking. He is sceptical of further development of new carbon-intensive infrastructure that may soon become stranded.

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Even Sam Hall, a senior researcher at Bright Blue, a liberal conservative think tank, is not entirely convinced by the development of more carbon-intensive infrastructure, "at a time when we should be rapidly reducing our consumption of fossil fuels".

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Brexit is an opportunity to reinvigorate our woodland – the Conservatives should seize it

Bright Blue senior researcher Sam Hall has written for the Daily Telegraph about our tree planting campaign. He argues that Brexit gives us the opportunity to redirect subsidies towards a reformed grant scheme for tree planting.

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Tree planting would be one popular way, including among the people who elected a majority Conservative Government in 2015, to make a success of Brexit, using the powers and funding which currently reside with the EU to improve the way we support British farmers and improve the natural environment.

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Clean transport boost promised as government unveils plan to tackle toxic air pollution

Bright Blue's senior researcher Sam Hall is quoted in a Business Green article on the Government's new air quality strategy. He welcomes the Government's new strategy on the grounds it gives more powers and more responsibilities to local authorities to design and implement a scheme to suit local needs.

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However, Sam Hall, senior researcher at Bright Blue, a centre right-leaning think tank that has campaigned for more action to tackle air quality, said the draft plan should help accelerate the transition to cleaner forms of transport.

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It can’t all be about Europe, Tories must have a plan for the environment

Bright Blue's senior researcher Sam Hall has written for Times Red Box about the Conservative manifesto. He argues that Theresa May should make a bold offer to liberal Britain on the environment in order to win over Remain voters.

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In this regard, the environment would make a particularly strong Conservative pitch: it appeals to all varieties of Conservative voters, as well as to liberals in the centre-ground.

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May urged to take a ‘bold’ approach to the environment in Tory manifesto

Bright Blue's manifesto for green conservatism has been covered in the Yorkshire Post. Ahead of the 2017 General Election, Bright Blue senior researcher Sam Hall urges Theresa May to make a bold offer to liberal Britain on the environment.

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The influential Conservative think tank Bright Blue claims a focus on “protecting the environment” in the coming weeks will help Mrs May reach out to more liberal, left-wing supporters.

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Tory MPs and green groups urge government to retain ambitious tree planting goals

Bright Blue's new campaign on tree planting has been covered in BusinessGreen. Our senior researcher Sam Hall is quoted calling for a more ambitious mechanism for incentivising tree planting after Brexit.

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A new campaign launched today by Conservative think tank Bright Blue and supported by the National Trust, WWF and others is calling on the next government to address England's relatively low levels of tree coverage by establishing a much more ambitious tree planting grant scheme for farmers.

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Trees, please

Bright Blue's new campaign to improve tree planting grants after Brexit is covered in the Letters section of the Daily Telegraph. Together with a group of organisations, Bright Blue urges the Government to guarantee and reform the current incentives for tree planting after the UK leaves the Common Agricultural Policy.

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We are supporting a new campaign by the liberal conservative think tank Bright Blue, for the next government to commit itself to providing grants for tree planting to farmers after Britain leaves the EU, as a priority for its new domestic agricultural policy. 

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Give cities the power to clean up their air

Bright Blue senior researcher Sam Hall has written for CapX about the forthcoming air quality plan. He argues conservatives should support an expansion of low emission zones to improve public health in pollution hotspots.

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Since last summer, Bright Blue has been campaigning for the Government to enable all English cities to introduce low emission zones where pollution is a problem. This is a conservative solution, supported by 57 per cent of Conservative voters, according to our recent polling.

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Scottish Renewables calls to let onshore wind bid again for CfD

Bright Blue senior researcher Sam Hall is quoted in Utility Week about onshore wind. He says onshore wind should have access to zero-subsidy fixed-price contracts to decarbonise cost-effectively.

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Responding to the new Baringa Partners report, the thinktank’s senior researcher, Sam Hall, said: “This study shows significant potential to develop new zero-subsidy onshore wind projects in the UK." 

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Michael Howard: UK’s success at growing the economy while cutting emissions shows climate sceptics were wrong

Bright Blue senior researcher Sam Hall is quoted in the Independent about the decoupling of emissions and economic growth. He argues that strong decarbonisation policies help to give a competitive advantage in new low-carbon industries.

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Indeed, far from harming the UK’s competitiveness, ambitious decarbonisation has in fact given us a new competitive advantage in new low-carbon industries, such as electric vehicles and offshore wind.

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UK said to seek end for clean energy goal that may sour Brexit

Bright Blue's senior researcher Sam Hall is quoted in Bloomberg in a story about the future of renewable energy targets after Brexit. He argues that our polling shows Conservatives want these targets, along with all the main EU environmental regulations, to be maintained.

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“There is no mandate from Conservatives to dilute current environmental regulation," said Sam Hall, senior researcher at Bright Blue.

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Hardliners beware: Tory voters want a green Brexit

Bright Blue senior researcher Sam Hall has written for the Times Red Box about our recent polling report. He argues that Conservative voters want a Green Brexit with strong environmental protections maintained.

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But most significantly, we find an overwhelming majority of Tory voters want to either maintain or strengthen all the main EU-derived environmental regulations after Brexit, including a majority of those who voted to Leave. 

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