Restructured UK government drops DECC

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change apparently has been abolished.

The government being formed by incoming Prime Minister Theresa May announced on the DECC web site that Greg Clark had been named to the new position of secretary of state for business, energy, and industrial strategy.

Amber Ruud, who had been head of the DECC, was named home secretary.

Whether the new Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy will handle policy for climate change as well as energy was not immediately clear.

Clark, however, issued a statement indicating department functions will be “delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy, leading government’s relationship with business, furthering our world-class science base, delivering affordable, clean energy, and tackling climate change.”

May became prime minister after the resignation of David Cameron, who called for a referendum on the question whether the UK should stay in the European Union. Against his wishes, a majority of voters favored leaving the EU.

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