Hurd gets climate change brief
Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner MP given green role at BEIS
BEIS minister Nick Hurd has been confirmed as having the newly-formed department’s climate change brief.
The Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner MP is chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Environment Group and co-chair of the Conservative Environment Network.
Hurd also served as a member of the environmental audit select committee.
Baroness Neville-Rolfe is understood to have been given the energy minister role at BEIS.
The minister has criticised prominent climate sceptic Nigel Lawson and declined to be a signatory to a February 2012 letter to former Prime Minister David Cameron signed by more than a hundred Tory MPs calling for cuts to onshore wind subsidies.
Hurd had previously voiced concern in Parliament about renewable subsidies, criticising in 2008 the then Labour government of “shunting public money towards mature and controversial technologies such as onshore wind”.
More recently, Hurd co-authored a paper for the Conservative Environment Network calling for coal generation to be replaced by gas.
Image: Nick Hurd (NickHurd.com)