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Climate change department closed by Theresa May
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:20am

This is a year old, but very apt for today.

When will the USA abolish the entirely worthless "Department of Energy"?

We need fewer departments and agencies and less governmental bureaucracy.

Campaigners called for 'urgent reassurance from the new government' that the fight against climate change and pollution will not be 'abandoned'

Ian Johnston Environment Correspondent
Thursday 14 July 2016 15:40 BST

The decision to abolish the Department for Energy and Climate Change has been variously condemned as “plain stupid”, “deeply worrying” and “terrible” by politicians, campaigners and experts.

One of Theresa May’s first acts as Prime Minister was to move responsibility for climate change to a new Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

Only on Monday, Government advisers had warned of the need to take urgent action to prepare the UK for floods, droughts, heatwaves and food shortages caused by climate change.

The news came after the appointment of Andrea Leadsom – who revealed her first question to officials when she became Energy Minister last year was “Is climate change real? – was appointed as the new Environment Secretary.

And, after former Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd announced in November that Britain was going to “close coal” by 2025, Ms Leadsom later asked the coal industry to help define what this actually meant.


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