MPs and environmental campaigners on Thursday condemned the appointment of climate sceptic Peter Lilley to the committee that scrutinises the government’s energy and climate policies, calling the move “deeply worrying”. The Tory MP, one of only three MPs to vote against the Climate Change Act in 2008, has been appointed to the energy and climate change select committee. It follows a recent cabinet reshuffle that included John Hayes, a vocal critic of wind power in the past, being installed as the new energy minister, and Owen Paterson, an advocate of shale gas who has also spoken out against windfarms, as environment secretary. Lilley is the vice-chairman and senior independent non-executive director of Tethys Petroleum Ltd, an oil and gas company with operations in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Tethys most recently paid him £47,000 for 120 hours’ work over the period of a year “attending meetings and advising on business developments”, the register of members’ financial interests shows. Lilley told the Guardian: “My focus will be that of the committee. My approach will be to examine evidence on any issue we examine critically and objectively before reaching a conclusion.” The MP has been an outspoken critic of green energy and action… Read full this story
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