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UK considers backtracking on climate targets

UK considers backtracking on climate targets

(LONDON) As the United Kingdom prepares to review its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Tuesday suggested a reversal that would create divisions within his party.

On Friday, Mr. Sunak indicated on Tuesday that his government is committed to meeting this climate goal, but is now trying to do it in a “better, more proportionate way”. , in a press release.

The reports follow reports in the British press that Mr Sunak wants to delay a planned ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in 2030 and reverse plans to phase out gas boilers from 2035.

According to Mr Sunak, “politicians from all sides have not been honest about the costs and trade-offs of this policy”. “I will put the long-term interests of our country before the short-term political needs of the moment,” he added.

The move, if confirmed, could create divisions within the Conservative Party, with some MPs preparing letters of no confidence, according to media reports.

Alok Sharma, a former president of COP26 and a conservative, has assessed that “abandoning the plan will not help either economically or electorally”.

For his part, Ed Miliband, the opposition Labor MP responsible for energy issues, scoffed that it was “a travesty of a Conservative government that doesn’t really know what it’s doing on a day-to-day basis”.

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