Today’s news is that Andrea Leadsom has dropped out, so Theresa May will be the new Prime Minister, taking over from David Cameron on Wednesday.
A lot of nonsense is being talked about the need for a general election, from people with short memories who’ve forgotten that both Gordon Brown and John Major became PM without an election, and who’ve also forgotten that we now have fixed term parliaments, so the PM can’t just call an election.
So what are Theresa May’s views on climate change, climate policy and the environment?
The Independent declares that “she is not a green” and quotes her as saying in her speech today that
“I want to see an energy policy that emphasises the reliability of supply and lower costs for users.”
Her voting record can be seen at the TheyWorkForYou website, which reports that she:
- Generally voted against measures to prevent climate change
- Generally voted for lower taxes on fuel for motor vehicles
- Has never voted on financial incentives for low carbon emission electricity generation methods
- Generally voted against greater regulation of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to extract shale gas
Looking in detail at her voting on climate policy reveals that in the last year she has
- Voted against setting a decarbonisation target for the UK
- Voted against requiring a strategy for carbon capture and storage
- Voted to apply the Climate Change Levy tax to electricity generated from renewables
All this must be worrying news for climate policy advocates.