Boris Johnson’s Scottish dream is sunk as Keir Starmer seizes a great chance.
According to Tom Newton Dunn, Boris Johnson’s Scottish dream is “in deep water,” and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer appears to have grabbed the golden opportunity with both hands.
Both the Prime Minister and Sir Keir are in Scotland right now, promoting their environmental credentials ahead of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November. Labour leader Ed Miliband wants £30 billion spent to support up to 400,000 “green” jobs in manufacturing and low-carbon industries, claiming that the government is falling short of its own climate goals. Sir Keir blamed this on a “chasm between soundbites and action” and said it was “especially alarming” with the summit just months away, according to the BBC.
Mr. Newton Dunn, a political commentator, seems to agree.
In a commentary for the Evening Standard, he wrote that COP 26 is “already in severe difficulty” and that Mr Johnson is dealing with four concerns.
“First, there is still no worldwide agreement on what should be agreed in Glasgow,” he remarked.
“That deal was supposed to be the third and last act in a trilogy.
“If Kyoto in 1997 was about admitting there is a problem, and Paris in 2015 was about setting a goal to address it (limited global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius), Glasgow was supposed to be about figuring out how to fix it.”
Mr Newton Dunn, on the other hand, believes world leaders are still a long way off, and that the G7 conference in June demonstrated that their “eyes are elsewhere while they combat their own Covid pandemics.”
“The second reason COP26 is in trouble is because it is becoming clear that the global measures to combat climate change that have been agreed upon thus far are doomed to fail,” he continued.
“One is tree planting to reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere.”
Mr Newton Dunn referenced comments from Oxfam GB’s Danny Sriskandarajah, who purportedly told him that planting forests “five times the size of India” would be required to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Not only that, but there’s more.
“Third, Johnson is still unable to establish a strong enough lead on these issues in Britain for the rest of the world to follow,” Mr Newton Dunn continued.
“His heat and buildings policy, which calls for the replacement of 25 million gas boilers, as well as his hydrogen strategy and plans to establish an electric vehicle charging network, are all months behind schedule.
“More as the wait continues.” Brinkwire Summary News”.