8 January 2018
* Jonathan Bartley: “Greg Clark holds the Conservatives’ application for green credentials in his hands”
The Green Party has issued a test to Greg Clark after news he will stay in post as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party, called on Clark to use this fresh start to choose not to give fracking the go-ahead in North Yorkshire, a decision due to be made any day now .
Bartley said the Government’s “talk of protecting the natural world stands or falls” on the decision over fracking in Ryedale.
“Greg Clark has the opportunity to use his reappointment to the Cabinet as a fresh start – with his first and biggest test being whether to give the go-ahead to fracking in North Yorkshire. All the Government’s talk of protecting the natural world stands or falls on the decision by the new Secretary of a State in Ryedale.
“Fracking is dirty, dangerous and unnecessary. It will wreck local environments and our climate commitments. If the Government really believes in a green future it will walk the talk, ban Fracking and invest in renewable energy for the future. Greg Clark holds the Conservatives’ application for green credentials in his hands.”