Fracking friend or climate campaigner? The two sides of Jeremy Hunt

Conservative leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt has vowed to “turbo-charge” the UK if he becomes prime minister to make it the “most high-tech, greenest economy in Europe”. But from leading the UK’s bid to host the all-important UN climate talks in 2020 to endorsing oil and gas projects in rural areas, Hunt has a mixed record when it comes to environmental issues.

International climate campaigner

The current foreign secretary has not emphasised the environment in a leadership campaign largely focused on Brexit and economic issues. However, in an article for the Observer, Hunt described how he had spent “countless hours” working on the UK’s bid to host next year’s round of UN climate talks, “which would allow us to use our convening power for good on this most important of issues”.

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