18 May '18, 8am

UK government greenwash fades as environmental policy goes backwards, Joseph Dutton writes

The government released a statement yesterday (Thursday) setting out its plans to help speed up the planning and development of shale gas. This followed a report from the Environment Audit Committee (EAC) on Wednesday which heavily criticised the government, arguing its energy policies have led to a steep fall in renewable energy investment. And last week the government’s plans for a post-Brexit environment watchdog were criticised for being inadequate in ensuring it delivers on its ‘green Brexit’ promise. Fracking ministers A statement from Greg Clark, secretary of state for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), on Thursday outlined the government’s intention to change the planning and regulatory regime for fracking to ensure the sector can develop quicker. Planning law in England could be revised so decisions on fracking would be taken by mi...

Full article: https://theecologist.org/2018/may/18/uk-government-greenw...

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