Andrea Leadsom, energy minister in the previous administration (and now environment secretary, keep up) dropped some big hints this morning, saying “You’ll have to wait and see” when asked if DECC was to close and following this with “The assumption that you need to have a department for something in order to meet its objectives is just not one that I would agree with.”
The new department is to be called the “Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy” and the Secretary of State will be Greg Clark.
Congratulations to Ruth Dixon who correctly predicted that this would happen in her blog post DECC as a parrot last year.
DECC was set up in 2008 under Gordon Brown, around the time of peak climate fear, after Gore’s film and IPCC AR4 but before Climategate.
According to Wikipedia, a private member’s bill was proposed by Peter Bone to get rid of DECC last year, but it did not get Government support.
James Delingpole laments the end of DECC in his usual style (“a stake through the heart of the green vampire”).
Blog post title shamelessly stolen from Ben Pile’s tweet –