Labor leader says the prime minister’s “unsuspecting boosterism” has diluted the pact
Sir Keir Starmer has accused Boris Johnson of “unsuspecting boosterism” insisting that it will undermine the COP26 summit and allow major emitters to water down efforts to combat climate change.
The Labor leader condemned the prime minister’s praise for inadequate pledges from India and Australia, which he warned would only “encourage” them.
His comments came after Mr Johnson made a statement to the House of Commons insisting that the Glasgow climate conference “proved the doubters and cynics wrong”.
The government has come under fire over the deal signed by leaders over the weekend for not going far enough to avoid a harmful rise in global temperatures.
The anger was particularly directed against China and India, who tried at the last minute to cut down the formulations on the use of coal and forced a last minute change to push through the promise to “phase out” coal. to replace one to “phase-down”.
Sir Keir said he recognized that international agreements are difficult and “those who have hesitated the most bear the greatest responsibility”.
But he added: “The summit was held back by the prime minister’s unsuspecting impetus, which was only intended to encourage major emitters.
“The Prime Minister praised insufficient net-zero plans. He called the Australian plans heroic – although their plan was slow enough to coincide with 4 ° C of global warming. With this coverage, the Prime Minister had little chance of influencing the other major emitters, and we saw many more disappointing national plans. “
The leader of the Lib Dem, Sir Ed Davey, warned that the climate pact, which the countries agreed on the weekend in Glasgow, “has been dangerously missed”.
Mr Johnson insisted that COP26 had achieved its original goals.
“It was a summit that many people predicted would fail, and one that I fear some would implicitly fail.
“Nevertheless, it was a summit that proved the opposite to the doubters and cynics, because the Cop26 not only managed to keep 1.5 ° C alive, but also to do something that no UN climate conference has ever done before, by uniting the world by calling the time for coal. “.”
The Prime Minister stressed the fact that the Glasgow Summit had pledges from other countries to reduce their coal consumption
“In 25 previous cops on the way back to Berlin in 1995, no one gave the order to remove a single lump of coal from a power station boiler,” he told MPs.
Having seen the “first bite” in the endeavor, Glasgow added, “You can’t run out of coal without first gradually shutting it down as you transition to other cleaner sources of energy.”
Failure to set India, Australia and China on stricter fossil fuel targets brought COP26 President Alok Sharma to tears when he signed the deal on Saturday evening.