I think these two paragraphs tell us all we need to know about Rudd and the DECC.
The problem, Rudd says, was that under Labour and then Lib Dem control, the Department of Energy had not been run much like a department of energy. ‘It had been run a bit like a green think tank or a green NGO; very pure of heart, very noble. But not enough focus on bills, on the future, on planning, trying to look 20 or even ten years ahead.’ British energy policy had been set by a succession of zealots. ‘You had Ed Miliband, Chris Huhne, Ed Davey — there hadn’t been a Conservative one for nearly 20 years.’ Her predecessors, she says, had prided themselves on ‘their approach to climate change rather than their approach to delivering cheaper bills’.
Her civil servants may remain strong believers in the green gospel, but she says she will not try to convert them. ‘I wouldn’t have it any other way,’ she says. ‘They believe passionately in what they are doing and are very supportive of the new direction that I’ve pushed the department in. I think we can keep people’s passion — their religion — but also make them practical.’ After all, she says: ‘He who prays hard, works hard.’
I think her last phrase is erudite. We have always said the Climate Change is a religion. She has just confirmed it. We may not agree with her, and her colleagues, belief that Climate Change is anthropogenic and that is really her Achilles heal. Whilst she has such influences within the DECC there will be those working against a viable economic energy supply in the UK.