Alok Sharma is facing embarrassment on the world stage at November’s Cop26 climate conference because the Government is unlikely to have passed its flagship Environment Bill in time for the summit, The Telegraph can reveal. Ministers had hoped the bill – which runs to some 270 pages and includes dozens of new commitments on the environment – would receive royal assent by October 31, when the conference begins. But following a series of successful attempts to amend the Bill in the House of Lords, Downing Street has decided to delay it entirely if the changes cannot be fought off in time. The Telegraph understands Mr Sharma, who has spent the past eight months flying around the world securing international cooperation on measures to be agreed at this year’s conference, has been pushing for it to be completed before world leaders arrive in Glasgow. But that would have meant agreeing to amendments passed in the Lords, including one that would force ministers to declare a climate emergency – a key demand of Extinction Rebellion.
Telegraph 11th Sept 2021 read more »
Addressing the SNP conference, Susan Aitken claimed that the Prime Minister is only interested in environmental projects to use for “a wacky photo op”. The SNP councillor said she believed the Conservative minister responsible for Cop26, Alok Sharma, was working hard to secure an agreement to tackle the climate emergency at next month’s conference in Glasgow but was being hindered by Mr Johnson. The council leader said an early estimate of the cost to decarbonise Glasgow was £30 billion but said: “We in the SNP also need to be clear that this is not only necessary, it’s worth it. Not only because if we don’t respond to the climate emergency now, the cost later, and not just the financial cost, will be so much higher.”
Scotsman 11th Sept 2021 read more »