Wed. Oct 4th, 2023
    Rishi Sunak Faces Backlash for Weakening Climate Pledges

    British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has faced criticism from Tory MPs and environmental groups for his plans to weaken key climate pledges. While he maintains his commitment to the net zero target by 2050, he intends to achieve it “in a better, more proportionate way.”

    According to a BBC report, Sunak is considering a policy shift that would result in a delay of the ban on gas boilers from 2035 and a five-year extension of the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars, currently scheduled for 2030. This has provoked anger among Conservative MPs, with some reportedly considering submitting a no confidence letter.

    In response to the report, Sunak stated that he will not be deterred from communicating the need for change. He plans to deliver a speech later in the week to outline a significant long-term decision that will contribute to a better future for the country and the next generation.

    The Prime Minister recognizes the public’s frustration with politics and the desire for real change. He acknowledges that the prevailing short-term decision-making in politics has hindered progress and believes it is essential to prioritize the long-term interests of the country above immediate political considerations.

    Sunak emphasized that realism does not mean compromising on ambition or abandoning commitments. He proudly declared that Britain is taking a leading role in addressing climate change, remaining committed to the net zero target by 2050 and honoring international agreements. The Prime Minister believes that there is a need to find a more proportionate approach to achieving these goals.

    As Sunak prepares to conduct a net zero review, the extent of the changes and adjustments to the current climate pledges remains to be seen.

    – BBC News
    – Sky News