miércoles, 5 de septiembre de 2012

Can the government still be the 'greenest ever' after the reshuffle?

Will the reshuffle impact on the government's green credentials? Leo Hickman, with your help, investigates. 
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An aircraft makes its final approach to London's Heathrow airport. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

11.20am: Grant Shapps, the new Conservative party chairman, took to the airwaves this morning to insist that, following yesterday's reshuffle, the government could still claim to the "greenest ever".

The reshuffle saw a handful of appointments that are likely to concern environmental groups in three key areas. First, Justine Greening's removal as transport secretary is being widely interpreted as removing a vocal opponent of building a third runway at Heathrow and possibly now clears the way for a controversial U-turn.

Then came Owen Paterson's appointment as the new environment secretary. Paterson, the former Northern Ireland minister, is reportedly pro-hunting, pro-badger cull, anti-wind and pro-fracking.

Lastly, John Hayes, who replaces Charles Hendry as the energy minister at Decc, is also reportedly anti-wind.

How will these new appointments likely affect the government's claimed green credentials? Please leave your thoughts below. I will also be inviting various interested parties to join the debate, too. And later on today, I will return with my own verdict.

Sigue la noticia en The Guardian.

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