A controversial law to increase police powers to control protests was included in the Queen’s Speech this morning. The speech also included other already-announced plans for new environmental targets, an overhaul of the planning system and changes to the way public decisions could be challenged in court.
Two Ineos companies are among the UK’s most energy-intensive industries to receive millions of pounds in compensation for the costs of carbon emission schemes.
The government’s controversial Brexit legislation could override the wishes of people in Scotland and Northern Ireland on fracking, MPs have warned.
The UK has “once-in-a lifetime opportunity” to move to a low-carbon future and stimulate the economy after the Covid-19 outbreak, the government’s climate adviser said today.
A government minister seemed this morning to support the idea that a permanent ban on fracking would be the best way his department could tackle climate change.
The energy secretary, Andrea Leadsom, confirmed the government’s U-turn on shale gas policy in a statement to parliament today.
A cross-party group of Scottish politicians has called on the Scottish Parliament to end its investment in fossil fuels.
A parliamentary bill to limit earthquakes caused by fracking has passed its first stage unopposed today.
The energy minister, Claire Perry, attended most of a 95-minute meeting with the shale gas industry which she said she had dropped in on, MPs heard this evening.
Most of the notes about a recent meeting between a minister and the shale gas industry have been redacted “in the public interest” or because they contained confidential information, a government department has said.