In response to Theresa May’s decision to abolish the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Labour’s Barry Gardiner said:
We must see this decision in the context of other actions taken by the government.
They axed a world-leading competition for Carbon Capture and Storage, pulling the rug out from under investors at the last minute. They cut all support for the cheapest form of clean energy in onshore wind. They have left a black-hole for clean energy investment beyond 2021, providing no certainty for business.
Since the referendum they have talked up their commitment to our climate obligations. But in fact this government is downgrading action on climate change.
The rhetoric is positive, the actions are overwhelmingly negative.”