British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pointman for the COP26 climate summit on Tuesday stressed that his own Conservative party is on track to save the planet.
COP26 leader Alok Sharma said that despite complaining about the party’s right wing at the party’s annual convention, all MPs saw the potential for a green economic revolution.
“Sometimes people don’t realize that the Conservatives are pushing for this,” Manchester, a former commerce minister, told a conference in northwestern England.
Ahead of the two-week COP26 summit starting in Scotland on October 31, cabinet colleagues really understand why it is so important to get this right.
“In terms of growth, we see its benefits in reducing emissions.”
“It’s a real, real job, to create growth, to create a healthy nation, a healthy planet.”
In his closing remarks at the Conservative meeting on Wednesday, Johnson is expected to speak on Britain’s action on climate change and the need for global integration.
At Tuesday’s Touring Exhibitors’ stand at the conference, Johnson rode an e-bike, rode an electric tractor, and played with a puzzle to assemble a zero carbon energy house.
But at the overall Manchester meeting, the topic of climate change was pushed to the back burner this week.
Sharma was not given a place to speak in the title.
Finance Minister Rishi Sunak’s keynote address on Monday did not address the issue, he said, adding that he had devised a strategy to adjust Britain’s finances and focus on technology – led development after the Govt crisis.
Rebecca Newsom, Greenpeace UK policy leader, commented that the boycott was a “sign of damage” ahead of COP26 in Glasgow.
“Coughing more money now into green infrastructure will then save huge costs and create millions of new jobs across the UK,” he said.
“At a time when we need spending obligations for a zero carbon future, it looks like Rishi is getting ready to take a big step back.”
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss did not use the word “C” in her own speech on Sunday, vowing to support “green” development and “clean infrastructure” in developing countries.
In contrast, the word B – Brexit – was a recurring theme for Johnson’s party representatives who were adamant that the current issues related to EU divorce would pass.
Brexit Minister David Frost advised the “anti-traffic, anti-car” lobby’s “anti-growth ideologies” and “persistent misconceptions”, arguing that human ingenuity and technological innovation would save the day.
Home Minister Priti Patel used her own speech on Tuesday to block roads in the UK, promising tough police and court action against climate protesters who Johnson classified as “irresponsible atrocities”.
“I will not tolerate the so-called environmental warriors trampling on our way of life and wasting police resources,” he said to the applause of Tory believers.
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