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I’m not in hock to ideological zealots on climate, says Rishi Sunak

I’m not in hock to ideological zealots on climate, says Rishi Sunak

I’m not in hock to ideological zealots on climate, says Rishi Sunak
Nov 30, 2023 1 min, 5 secs

Sunak and the Labour leader, Keir Starmer, will be at the conference, and UK officials have briefed that the prime minister will be seeking to set the tone and show political will about meeting international climate goals.

Our targets for the next few years are also more ambitious than any other major economy and because of that, I thought the right thing to do was to ensure that we get to net zero in a pragmatic and proportionate way that saves working families thousands of pounds.

Sunak announced a U-turn on the government’s climate commitments in September, promising to put the Conservatives on a more radical path in an attempt to close the gap with Labour before the next general election.

In one of his biggest policy changes since taking office, he decided to push back deadlines to stop selling new petrol and diesel cars and to phase out gas boilers.

Some senior Tories, led by Boris Johnson, also criticised the move, with the former prime minister warning his successor that he “cannot afford to falter now” because heaping uncertainty on businesses could drive up prices for consumers.

On Tuesday 5 December, 8pm-9.15pm GMT, join Damian Carrington, Christiana Figueres, Tessa Khan and Mike Coffin for a livestreamed discussion on whether fossil fuel companies can transition to clean energy.

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