What the UK 2015 Election Means For Climate Change and Fracking

David Cameron’s Conservative Party won a surprise majority government during the May 2015 UK general election. The outcome defied expectations of a hung parliament and saw the UK return to single-party government after five years of Tory-Liberal Democrat coalition. The other big story of the election was the Scottish National Party's almost total victory north of the border, winning all but three seats.

Amber Rudd has been appointed as secretary of state for energy and climate change. She was welcomed by green groups for her stance on renewable energy, but as this DeSmog UK series shows, her appointment has also been enthusiastically welcomed by the fracking industry. Rudd will be joined by Andrea Leadson as energy minister.

The top line on the Conservative approach to climate and energy issues is that the party will stick to the UK's overarching carbon targets, while focusing on minimising costs. Here, we investigate who the new key players are what this all means for action on climate change and the fracking industry in Britain.

 

In this series

The government’s cuts to renewable energy subsidies will leave the industry “in limbo” and send a “...
By Kyla Mandel, 23 Jul, 2015
Only 10 weeks into the new Conservative Government and already the credibility of its green...
By Kyla Mandel, 22 Jul, 2015
Since the Conservatives won a majority in the general election just over three weeks ago, there has...
By Ben Lucas, 29 May, 2015
The rise of Andrea Leadsom to energy minister has correlated with generous donations to the...
By Brendan Montague, 25 May, 2015
This article by Christine Ottery has been cross-posted from Energydesk. Sajid Javid, the newly...
By Guest, 25 May, 2015
Australian engineering and mining firm AJ Lucas’s share price nearly doubled in the first week...
By Kyla Mandel, 22 May, 2015
Fracking rules will be loosened under Amber Rudd’s leadership at the Department of Energy and...
By Kyla Mandel, 18 May, 2015
Fracking wells will be popping like champagne corks across Britain during the next five years...
By Kyla Mandel, 15 May, 2015
The battle for the soul of the Conservative party will intensify during the life of the next...
By Brendan Montague, 12 May, 2015
While climate change barely got a mention in the national election debates, in Lancashire the issue...
By Ben Lucas, 8 May, 2015
The way people vote can depend on much more than just the issues being debated scientists have ...
By Kyla Mandel, 29 Apr, 2015
This has been cross-posted from Carbon Brief The UK's  closest election in a generation is now...
By Guest, 22 Apr, 2015
After two televised debates and several manifesto launches, the 2015 general election is well and...
By Ben Lucas, 17 Apr, 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron’s promise to hold a referendum on Britain’s EU membership if re-...
By Kyla Mandel, 24 Mar, 2015
Environmental leaders have welcomed a rare cross-party deal to tackle climate change struck between...
By Kyla Mandel, 17 Feb, 2015