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Mapped: The Brexiteer Climate Science Denial Network Beneath the Tory-DUP Coalition Pact

Simplified version of the Tory-DUP network map

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) that she hopes will keep her in the job.

But while the Tory-DUP “supply and confidence” pact should give May the votes needed to govern, it also strengthens the bonds between the government and a group of climate science deniers that pushed for Brexit.

Is There Hope for the Climate in Scotland After Election Shake-Up?

Scotland election 2017

For the UK Conservative party, Scotland will be seen as one of the few successes of an otherwise miserable 2017 general election campaign.

Despite the loss an overall parliamentary majority and Prime Minister Theresa May’s failed plan to transform her party’s huge poll lead to a domineering presence in Westminster, the Tories somersaulted their 2015 election win of a single Scottish seat, this time taking 13.

This is the biggest surge since the Tory’s Scottish collapse following the 1980s, and will leave many – in a country vastly proud of its anti-Tory stance – wondering what happened.

Labour Accuses Tories of Using Brexit as Excuse to Undo Environmental Regulations

Greener Hustings

How do you squeeze environmental issues into an election campaign dominated by Brexit? Perhaps by making Brexit about environmental issues.

That’s what Labour’s shadow trade minister Barry Gardiner did Tuesday night, accusing the Conservatives of using Brexit as a “vehicle for deregulation”, and putting the UK’s environment at risk as a consequence.

Gardiner was speaking at the Greener UK hustings, organised by a wide-ranging coalition of environmental NGOs held at London’s Royal Society on 30 May. His comments were directed at the Conservatives’ representative on the panel, environment minister Thérèse Coffey.

Oil, Energy and Airports: Where are the Main Parties Getting Donations From?

Theresa May

From a Middle Eastern oil magnate to Heathrow and Gatwick, the three main parties have seen a mix of donations come in since Brexit last summer.

The Conservative Party has received significantly more money from individuals and companies in the fossil fuel industry compared to the Labour Party and the Lib Dems, according to the latest data on the electoral register analysed by DeSmog UK.

This news comes after the Conservatives’ election manifesto pledges a unique commitment to increase support for the oil and gas industry should they win in June.

General Election 2017: Conservatives Isolated as Only Major Party to Back Fracking

Jeremy Corbyn, Theresa May, Tim Farron

Theresa May today launched the Conservative party manifesto, eager to differentiate her party from the Liberal Democrats that are making a land-grab for the anti-Brexit centre, and a Labour party swinging leftwards and away (or possibly slightly towards) Europe.

But among the Conservatives’ vague anti-immigration promises and plans to tie social care to the value of an individual's estate was a stark fact — the Tories are now the only major party in the UK that does not oppose fracking.

Going Backwards on Climate Change? David Cameron’s Tory Majority One Year On

Hundreds marched through cities across the UK on Sunday to protest the government’s decline in climate ambition since David Cameron’s Conservative Party gained a majority in last year’s election.

Natalie Bennet, leader of the Green Party, joined some 600 people walking backwards through Whitehall in London, while others gathered in Leeds, Manchester, York, Nottingham, Leicester and Bristol.

Campaigners criticised the many green policy reversals which took place last summer and into autumn, and the fact that the once-strong cross-party consensus on climate change has now fractured.

Ed Miliband: Tory Government ‘Deeply Disappointing’ on Climate Change

The UK’s cross-party consensus on climate change has unravelled since the Tories gained a majority government in last year’s general election, Ed Miliband told an audience at a Guardian Live event Thursday evening.

“The truth is that the consensus has frayed,” the former Labour leader said, “and that really accelerated since the general election with many of the things the government has done and they are deeply, deeply disappointing.”

This includes scrapping the £1bn carbon capture and storage competition last November, which Miliband said was one of the worst things the government has done, along with cuts to solar subsidies.

“The government has, in my view, been far too able to do the wrong thing [on climate change],” Miliband said.

Everything You Need to Know About Energy and Climate Secretary Amber Rudd Before COP21: Part 1

Amber Rudd will be leading the British team of negotiators at Paris as the world’s leaders meet to decide the fate of the planet.

The secretary of state was just this week accused of misleading Parliament about the state of the country’s renewable energy target as the chasm between her declared commitments to climate change and loyalty to chancellor George Osborne’s austerity-plus-fracking grows ever wider.

And yet it was only 10 years ago that Rudd decided to enter politics. She made a life-changing decision at the age of 40. She decided to “take [her] life back” and “really point it in the direction I want it to go.”

A Climate and Energy Guide to the Conservative Party Conference

Everyone’s really excited to see what the Conservative Party has to say about energy and climate this week, right? (We’re assuming so.)

The UK’s energy policy is all over the place, to say the least. Just last week the International Energy Agency warned governments “must not chop and change their political support for renewable energy”  (something the UK government could take note of).

And, with just eight weeks until the Paris climate conference, what our government does during this time will send a clear signal about its priorities.

The Energy Minister, Her Brother-in-Law, His Hedge Fund and the Oil Investments

The rise of Andrea Leadsom to energy minister has correlated with generous donations to the Conservative party by Peter de Putron, a mysterious hedge fund guru – and her brother-in-law.

Leadsom was appointed energy and climate change minister in the wake of the Conservatives’ shock victory at the general election. She replaced Amber Rudd – who has been promoted to secretary of state.

De Putron, her brother-in-law and former employer, has donated £816,000 to the Conservative party since she first became an MP in the 2010 election. He has also provided funds for her local constituency party and further cash to pay for the staff in her office.

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