Here, there and everywhere by jet in pursuit of ‘net zero’ = not zero. What happened to the alleged climate emergency they claim we’re in? Farcical, and his US counterpart does the same.
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The president of the UK’s upcoming climate change conference is under fire for reportedly travelling to more than 30 countries in seven months, says BBC News.
The Daily Mail said seven of the places visited by Alok Sharma were also on the Covid red list – but he used an exemption available to ministers to not have to quarantine on his return.
The government said face-to-face meetings were “crucial” ahead of COP26.
But Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford called it “inexplicable”.
He said all government ministers “have to demonstrate that we too mean business” in tackling climate change if they want the public to follow suit – and travelling so often “doesn’t advance the cause”.
His Labour colleague and shadow justice secretary, David Lammy, also told Sky News it was “one rule for them, another for us” when it came to quarantining.
The Daily Mail also claimed Mr Sharma held a meeting with Prince Charles days after returning from Bangladesh – a red list country – before going on a visit to a primary school.
The newspaper said the meeting with the prince was held indoors and without masks.
Mr Sharma left his post as business secretary in January to take over the presidency of COP26 – the United Nations Climate Chance Conference due to take place in Glasgow in November.
Since then, he has met with dignitaries across the globe to discuss climate commitments ahead of the conference – despite the ongoing pandemic.
Asked by the BBC’s Nick Robinson in June how he defended his air travel when he is leading on environmental policy, he said it was “really important” to meet other governments to discuss plans and the visits had been “targeted”.
But Mr Drakeford said ministers “couldn’t exempt themselves” from the changes we all needed to make to tackle climate change.
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via Tallbloke’s Talkshop
August 6, 2021