Yesterday, I questioned the Minister for Energy and Climate Change, Andrea Leadsom MP, if the department was going to be abolished by the new Prime Minister, Theresa May MP.
The response I got from the Minister was ‘wait and see’. At the time I found this deeply worrying. As the the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been able to focus the minds of the Government into pursuing goals like reducing our carbon emissions and reducing our impact on climate change. Not only that, but it was a department that was able to push ahead with policies that would cut the cost of energy bills for consumers – for example through the implementation of smart meters in peoples properties.
Later that afternoon we learnt that the Department had in actual fact been abolished by the new Prime Minister. Energy has now been moved into a new Ministry of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. But the lack of focus on Climate Change, arguably the biggest threat facing humanity today, is a worrying sign that we have a Prime Minister who does not believe it is our duty to reduce carbon emissions to tackle climate change.
Rest assured, I will continue to pressure the government to implement policies that live up to, and exceed, our international obligations in tackling climate change.