VVD to move in right-wing green direction

The right-wing Liberal party (VVD) is to up its green credentials by following the example of British conservative leader David Cameron and Californian governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Trouw reports on Friday.

The paper says VVD leader Mark Rutte is working on a new right-wing green agenda, which will be published in the autumn. The party believes that by pumping money into innovative companies, it can be a successful counterpart to the left-of-centre parties which claim the environment as their own territory.
Rutte believes efforts to get consumers to use less energy – by turning of the tap while cleaning their teeth, for example – are not enough to reduce global warming, the paper says. ‘We have to think much bigger,’ the paper reports Rutte as saying.
Cameron, who has a wind turbine on the roof of his home, is trying to make green living something to aspire to, and that impresses Rutte, Trouw says.
In opinion polls, 90% of the Dutch say they are concerned about the environment and are taking steps to become greener.

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