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Owen Paterson becomes new Environment Secretary

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Owen Paterson MP and the Prime Minister David Cameron (Photo: Geoff Pugh)Climate change skeptic Owen Paterson has been promoted to be the new Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.


Mr Paterson, who is a staunch right-winger, has previously voiced support for for 'fracking' - the extraction of shale gas - and has voiced opposition to wind farms.


His appointment alarmed green campaigners.


In a recent speech, Mr Paterson praised Britain’s shale gas reserves as “one unexpected and potentially huge windfall.”


He praised America and its “can do culture” for taking full advantage f its shale gas deposits. 


By Holly Watt 


Read more: The Telegraph (04 Sep 2012)

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