In full: Our interview with Amber Rudd, new UK secretary of state for energy and climate


Helle Abelvik-Lawson


The new UK government is falling into place after Thursday’s election results — and Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye, has been appointed secretary of state for energy and climate change.

We were lucky enough to get a short (four-questions only) Twitter interview with her the week before the election — and here it is in full:

So far, so simple. Then some other Twitterers weighed in with their own questions and comments, making this one of the more interesting of our seven interviews:

Rudd seemed happy to be involved in this evolving Q&A/Twitter chat session, replying to a few questions (and perhaps missing a few too — as everything was moving so fast).

There were questions on innovation, which ended in a discussion about carbon capture and storage (read our piece on this here):

And one on solar schools:

Our interview continued with our third question:

And so did the public chat:

And for our final question we go global and look to the (very near) future:

Rudd reaffirmed that the PM supports the UK’s Climate Change Act:

And Rudd concluded the interview with a commitment to decarbonisation — as long as the price is right: