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UK’s new environment & energy ministers ‘opposed renewable energy’

The new set of Conservative environment and energy ministers announced on Tuesday bring a track record of opposing renewable energy, The Guardian has reported.

The new ministers have fought against wind and solar farms, enthusiastically backed fracking and argued that green subsidies damage the economy.

New energy minister, Matthew Hancock, signed a letter to David Cameron in 2012 demanding that subsidies for onshore windfarms were slashed. “I support renewable energy but we need to do it in a way that gives the most value for money and that does not destroy our natural environment,” he said at the time.

Hancock, who takes over from Michael Fallon, also opposed new turbines in his Suffolk constituency, arguing: “The visual and other impact of the proposed turbines is completely unacceptable in this attractive rural corner of Suffolk.”

In 2009, as deputy director of the free-market thinktank Reform, new environment secretary Liz Truss said energy infrastructure in Britain was being damaged by politicians’ obsession with green technology.

Ms Truss will have a key role in regulating the environmental safety of shale gas exploration and has said fracking would benefit people living nearby.

In her first statement since being appointed as environment secretary, Ms Truss said: “I look forward to tackling the important issues facing our rural communities including championing British food, protecting people from flooding and improving the environment.”

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