London mayor Boris Johnson has been criticised for his “regressive” energy and environmental policy by the London Assembly’s environment committee and rejected the mayor’s calls for fracking in the capital.
In a motion issued late last week, the Environment Committee said the mayor had “abjectly failed” to tackle the biggest environmental challenges facing London during his six year tenure, including reducing carbon emissions, curbing air pollution, and delivering a more decentralised energy system.
The motion, proposed by Labour Assembly Member Murad Qureshi, also stated that it did not support any fracking activities within Greater London.
The Committee said Johnson’s support of fracking and criticism of renewable energy was “symbolic of his regressive approach to London’s environmental challenges“.
Johnson has been a keen supporter of fracking for shale gas in the capital, saying that “if reserves of shale can be exploited in London we should leave no stone unturned, or unfracked, in the cause of keeping the lights on“.
He added that “London is and should always be a no-fracking zone“, and that London shale gas should not be a solution for energy or environmental issues.