Rudd’s Solar Subsidy Slashing Plans Under Threat

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Amber Rudd has hinted that she may be forced to back-peddle on her excellent plan to slash solar subsidies, telling the Commons today that it was “too early to say what the outcome of the consultation will be” and that she was “determined to identify the right level of solar subsidies to continue growth”. Rudd’s carefully worded caveats were made as she took oral questions for the first time since DECC announced it was consulting on plans to cut solar subsidies by 87%.

Rudd and Minister of State Andrea Leadsom are coming under sustained pressure over their subsidy plans. They faced kickback from all sides of the chamber today, while yesterday they received criticism from Boris.  Stick in there Amber…

Corbyn Climate Change Secretary’s “Ambiguous” Voting Record

Newly appointed Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary Lisa Nandy is an interesting choice for the post: she appears to have a very limited interest in climate change. According to Public Whip, Nandy has “voted ambigiously” on stopping climate change. She even voted against:

“Establishing the UK Green Investment Bank which invests in projects which further the “green purposes” set out in the Bill, which include the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; the advancement of efficiency in the use of natural resources; the protection or enhancement of the natural environment; the protection or enhancement of biodiversity; and the promotion of environmental sustainability.”

Gaia has been browsing through Hansard and it seems Nandy has asked just three oral or written questions related to climate change. Ever.

So what was it that qualified her for the role? As Guido revealed in the Sun on Sunday, Nandy is being tapped up by Corbynistas as the left wing choice to be the next Labour leader once Corbyn stands down. Promoting her to the Shadow Cabinet is the first step along the way…

Corbyn himself is more interested in reopening the pits than global CO2 emissions. He had a long list of climate change radicals he could could have picked for the role, yet chose a darling of the left. Is he paying more attention to his climate change denying brother Piers than he lets on?

Rudd Gets It

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Gaia has been reading through the speech Amber Rudd is making at today’s Aviva climate change conference and has fallen head over heels for the new Energy and Climate Change Secretary.

She starts off by paying due lip service to the we-really-ought-to-do-something-about-climate-change brigade:

“We are committed to taking action on climate change and we are clear that our long-term economic plan goes hand in hand with a long-term plan for climate action. Climate action is about security, plain and simple – economic security. If we don’t act, it will become increasingly hard to maintain our prosperity, protect our people and conserve our countryside.”

Then she correctly identifies what is really driving the climate change activists:

“It cannot be left to one part of the political spectrum to dictate the solution and some of the loudest voices have approached climate action from a left wing perspective. So I can understand the suspicion of those who see climate action as some sort of cover for anti-growth, anti-capitalist, proto-socialism.”

And finishes with a sound quote from Maggie:

“But in her 2002 book ‘Statecraft’, Margaret Thatcher was also sensible enough to ask the question “can global warming be checked at an acceptable price?”

If there really is a genuine threat from global warming the solution can and has to be, as Rudd correctly says, practical. The bottom line is we have to make sure that climate change action is pro-growth, pro-business, using free enterprise and competition to drive down the costs of climate action. That is still an “if”… 

Gaia ❤️‍ Amber….

Wind Industry Threaten To Sue Government For Cutting Subsidies

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Faced with impending cuts to their budget, the wind power industry is threatening to take legal action against the government. While there has been no confirmation, it is expected that new secretary of state Amber Rudd  will shortly be announcing cuts to the subsidies that prop up wind farms with tax-payers cash.

Furious that their free money flow is slowng, the wind power trade body RenewableUK have described the impending cuts as “unfair” and are threatening to take legal action against the DECC. Gaia is playing the world’s smallest violin…

DECC Ready To Frack

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The Department of Energy and Climate Change is beefing up its Office of Unconventional Gas and Oil to push ahead with a revitalised fracking agenda. Free from the shackles of Ed Davey, the OUGO are already advertising for three Senior Policy Advisors to help put the framework in place to support the shale gas industry – something that is high on new chief Amber Rudd’s agenda. The age of cheap energy is dawning…

Amber Warning

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Amber Rudd, the new Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change believes limiting global warming to under 2°C  is “one of the most important things we’re ever going to do,” but also believes fracking is part of the solution.

Rudd, who was has been promoted from Under-Secretary of State for Climate Change made clear last week that she plans to push ahead with windmills, marine energy and Ed Miliband’s insane plan to install a smart meter in every home. Her appointment has been heralded as a “hopeful sign” by Greenpeace…

Fortunately, she is a little more sound on the the the issue of shale, hinting that the ban on fracking in national parks might not be “practical” and calling shale gas exploration “a positive thing to have in the UK”.

Gaia gives her her a tentative 5/10.

Government Shells Out for Photo of Dead Zebra

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The deadline has passed for the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s climate change themed picathon. After an exhausting effort, the guys responsible for securing affordable energy supplies have come up with a winner. A dead zebra…

Apparently the picture of the deceased stripy horse illustrates how regular people “think climate change might impact the things” they “care most about in” their “day-to-day life”Gaia is delighted that taxpayer cash is being used so productively…

 

Ipsos MORI: No One Cares About DECC Climate Change Campaign

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The Department of Energy & Climate Change are probably wishing they hadn’t commissioned a “Social Listening Evaluation” in an attempt to justify a “Tweetathon” they held last year. The 45 page report published today comes to a shocking conclusion. No one was really bothered.

DECC employed pollsters Ipsos MORI  to measure the “Sentiment” around their #BackClimateAction campaign which aimed to “re-engage the public with climate change” and “make climate change relevant to peoples day-to-day lives.” MORI found that 11% of people were positive about the campaign, 6% were negative and a whopping 83% were neutral. DECC are spinning that MORI’s software must be dodgy because national polling suggests people are really concerned about climate change and thus most people should be reacting positivity to taxpayer funded tweets about it. More taxpayers’ money well spent…

GREEN WASTE: Gov Sponsored Climate Change Picathon

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Instead of securing affordable energy supplies for Britain, pen-pushers at the Department of Energy and Climate Change have taken time out from their busy schedule to launch a climate change themed photography competition. Launching tomorrow, it aims to bring together […]

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No Hands On DECC

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The Department of Energy & Climate Change paid £600 to promote just one job on the business social network LinkedIn. Despite the advert being seen by 4,162 people, the number of people who clicked on it was precisely zero.

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DECC’s Green Deal Flops as Only 36 Sign Up

The Green Deal is a giant white elephant. Figures snuck out at the end of term show, as of the end of last month, of the 306 Green Deal plans for making properties energy efficient, 270 are “new” plans, where […]

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