Although anti-fracking activists rarely garner local support, they do have allies in high places. The Climate Change Act 2008 was drafted by Bryony Worthington, an FoE activist who was brought in by then energy secretary Ed Miliband. Since the act passed, energy policy has been directed towards reducing carbon dioxide emissions and increasing the cost of energy. An array of taxes, subsidies and market manipulations has been imposed in the past eight years. The powerful Environmental Audit Committee oversees government departments’ compliance with objectives drawn up by green lobbyists. As such, the opportunity presented by fracking has been hampered by green consultants with access to national and local government decision-makers, backed up by activist campaigns.