With one hundred days to go until the election,
analysts are eagerly looking for ways to differentiate between the
parties. New data suggests MPs’ views on energy and climate change
could do just that.

Political analysts Dods asked 100 MPs what they thought about
the scientific consensus around climate change and their energy
preferences. Here’s what they had to say.

Climate change

A large majority of the MPs surveyed, 72 out of 100, said they
thought more than 75 per cent of scientists attributed climate
change mainly to human activities. It was by far the most common
answer for MPs from all the parties.

Dods Energy Preference Briefing
. Graph by Carbon

Of those MPs that said they thought 50 per cent or less of the
scientific community attributed climate change mainly to human
activity, 10 were Conservatives, and five were Labour MPs.

No Liberal Democrats or MPs from other parties said they thought
that less than half of scientists attributed climate change to

Wind versus shale gas

The most striking partisan difference appeared when the MPs were
asked about which energy source they thought their constituents
preferred. Broadly speaking, Conservatives MPs expected their
constituents to prefer shale gas, while Labour MPs expected a
preference for wind power.

Dods asked MPs whether their constituents would prefer wind,
solar, nuclear or shale sites within two miles of their home. The
MPs then ranked the technologies in order of what they thought they
constituents would prefer.

60 per cent of the Conservative MPs ranked shale gas either
first or second. A majority of MPs from all the other parties
ranked it third.

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Dods Energy Preference Briefing
. Graph by Carbon

In contrast, 90 per cent of Labour MPs ranked wind power first
or second. Less than a third of Conservative MPs did likewise.

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Dods Energy Preference Briefing
. Graph by Carbon


So the Dods survey seems to show there is a difference between
the parties in terms of their views on energy issues. A note of
caution should be sounded about reading too much into the data,

Dods only canvassed 100 MPs, so there’s a good chance their
views don’t represent those of the whole party. The data is
particularly weak for the Liberal Democrats, with only nine MPs
participating, and minor parties, represented in the survey by only
five MPs.

The parties’ views on energy and climate issues are
likely to crystallise in other ways as the election draws near.
Carbon Brief will keep you updated as and when announcements are
made, so keep watching.

Via: http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2015/01/survey-shows-partisan-split-among-mps-on-climate-and-energy/