Following the deliberate misinformation not released by Chancellor Osborne in Wednesday’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement, is the UK Government set to return to the 1960s on climate change?
Well-placed sources at Westminster and in the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) state that DECC will be disbanded after the COP21 Paris climate change talks are over. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority will take care of nuclear development and decommissioning, while the energy functions of DECC will be given to the National Infrastructure Commission (reporting to HM Treasury) and to the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.
There will be no climate function retained.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, on Thursday the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) will make its recommendations to Government about carbon budgets for 2027 and for 2032. Having cancelled support for wind and renewables, and now for Carbon Capture and Storage, there are now no means of delivering the UK’s climate targets. Why then bother continuing with the CCC? An extra catastrophe would be to cancel the government’s advisors. And then cancel the whole Climate Change Act. Back to pre-war austerity.