Michael Gove’s voting record: 12 reasons why Gove is bad for the environment
PUBLISHED: 16:05 13 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:05 13 June 2017
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Voting records reveal the new Environment Secretary and Surrey Heath MP has voted against many green issues
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Chief Brexiteer Michael Gove is back in the Cabinet after being sacked by Theresa May last year.
We take a look at the new environment minister’s voting record when it comes to climate change, wildlife and the environment:
1. 17 Oct 2012: Michael Gove voted against requiring the UK Green Investment Bank to explicitly act in support of the target of reducing UK carbon emissions to 20% of 1990 levels by 2050.
2. On 17 Oct 2012: Michael Gove voted in favour of establishing a Green Investment Bank, strengthening copyright law relating to commercialised works, encouraging employment disputes to be settled outside of tribunals, and other business related reforms.
3. On 3 Jun 2013: Michael Gove voted not to exempt electricity generation plants using carbon capture and storage technology from annual carbon dioxide emissions limits during a commissioning and proving period of up to three years.
4. On 4 Jun 2013: Michael Gove voted against requiring the setting of a target range for the amount of carbon dioxide (or other greenhouse gases) produced per unit of electricity generated.
5. On 4 Jun 2013: Michael Gove voted against allowing financial incentives for small-scale low-carbon generation of electricity to be paid to plants which were previously too big to be eligible.
6. 5 Jun 2013: Michael Gove voted in favour of culling badgers in an effort to control bovine
7. On 4 Dec 2013: Michael Gove voted against allowing carbon dioxide emissions limits to be set in respect of existing stations which fit pollution abatement equipment.
8. On 26 Jan 2015: Michael Gove voted against explicitly requiring an environmental permit for hydraulic fracturing activities.
9. On 14 Jul 2015: Michael Gove voted to apply the tax on non-domestic electricity supplies known as the climate change levy to electricity generated from renewable sources.
10. On 8 Sep 2015: Michael Gove voted to apply the Climate Change Levy tax to electricity generated from renewable sources.
11. On 26 Oct 2015: Michael Gove voted against charging the first year rate of vehicle tax, which varies substantially based on carbon dioxide emissions, for the subsequent two years as well; against a variable rate of vehicle tax based on carbon dixoide emissions for vehicles registered on or after 1 April 2017 and to charge additional tax on vehicles costing over £40,000.
12. On 3 May 2016: Michael Gove voted not to reduce the permitted carbon dioxide emission rate of new homes.
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