Lies, Falsehoods and Misrepresentations from Boris Johnson to Rishi Sunak

‎”I am committed to Net Zero by 2050, but that can’t mean neglecting our energy security. So although the legal target for energy sovereignty will be 2045 and I will work night and day to ensure we beat that target”

Rishi Sunak, Conservative Leadership Candidate, Daily Telegraph

Facts

As an MP,  first elected in 2015, Sunak has usually voted against measures to lower emissions.

As finance minister from 2020 to 2022, he cut funding for key energy efficiency measures

In March 2021, cuts by Sunak as Chancellor of the Exchequer led to the abandonment of a $1.7 billion scheme to insulate U.K. homes.

In October 2021, on the eve of the COP26, Sunak announced a plan to halve taxes on domestic flights – a move that would encourage air travel and boost its emissions.

He also cut the U.K.’s foreign aid budget from 0.7% to 0.5% of national income, shaving millions off the country’s funds to help poorer countries adapt to climate change

He stuck to plans to keep the Conservative Party’s commitment to banning new onshore wind farms.

As Prime Minister, he ejected the Cop26 president, Alok Sharma, and the climate minister, Graham Stuart, from the cabinet.

He almost did not attend COP27 and advised King Charles against attending. 

He is pressing ahead with the opening of a new coal mine in Cumbria. A move which has been branded “absolutely indefensible” by the UK government’s independent climate adviser, the chair of the Climate Change Committee and the former Conservative minister Lord Deben. Ex-chief scientific advisor Sir David King said that  “The decision to go ahead with a new coal mine in Cumbria is an incomprehensible act of self-harm.

“This action by a leading developed economy sets exactly the wrong example to the rest of the world.”

Verdict

Rishi Sunak is not and never has been “committed” to climate and the environment. 

He was misleading Telegraph readers about the scale of his commitment to net zero. 

We emailed Rishi Sunak’s office and Downing Street offering them the chance to respond. The email was received, but no reply. 

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