You could be forgiven for thinking this was the week Boris Johnson really grasped the perilous state of the planet. After a long silence on environmental issues, he made not one but three “green” speeches to the UN biodiversity summit in New York. At first sight, his promises looked ambitious: take the headline on a Downing Street press release which read “PM commits to protect 30% of UK land in boost for biodiversity”. Nearly a third of UK land protected for nature… that’s impressive, right? Well, not according to some. Environmentalists called the press release a masterpiece of spin: it gave the impression that 30% of land would be protected for biological diversity. The previous week, on the subject of climate change, the PM flamboyantly predicted that the UK could be the “Saudi Arabia” of wind power. He declared himself an “evangelist” for the extremely expensive technology of CCS – carbon capture and storage, which buries CO2 in underground rocks. He heralded a revolution for hydrogen fuel and said the UK would get more nuclear power. He also said Britain would phase out sales of new petrol cars earlier than planned. But he didn’t say when, and didn’t give any details of other policies in his in-tray, or how they would be funded.
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