Boris Johnson should set out plans to provide Covid-19 vaccinations to all developing countries to achieve a global climate deal, Labour’s shadow business secretary, Ed Miliband, has urged. Only 2% of the population of developing countries have been inoculated, despite promises by rich nations. Ensuring the rest have access to vaccines would build trust with the poor world which is lacking, Miliband said, ahead of the vital UN Cop26 climate talks in Glasgow in November.
Guardian 18th Sept 2021 read more »
Ed Miliband turned in a bizarre performance on Newsnight last Monday, telling Emily Maitlis where he thought the government was going wrong with the Cop26 climate event in Glasgow this November. “We’re the host of this summit,” the shadow energy secretary said, with the wild-eyed look of a man who’d enjoyed several lines of Fairtrade marching powder. “Your success and your ability to manage this summit depends on your moral authority, and what we’ve seen this year, I’m afraid, is perilous and an absence of leadership.” Ironically, Miliband is right that Cop is likely to be a flop, but the way he went about expressing that view, with emotive ranting and party-political point-scoring, is an example of exactly why. A network of organisations including Greenpeace has said that Cop26 should be delayed unless delegates from poorer countries can be given access to vaccines and financial support to help them attend. Meanwhile, developed countries remain $20 billion behind their goal of providing the developing world with $100 billion a year to cope with climate change. And new UN figures suggest that carbon emissions are set to rise 16 per cent by 2030, the opposite of the cuts required to meet the 2015 Paris accord. Cop26 is laudable in its aims and frustratingly uncoordinated in its reality. In many respects, it is emblematic of the climate debate as a whole. Ministers have mandated a series of cliff-edges, then failed to map out a plan for how to prepare for them. New gas boilers are to be banned from 2035 and all gas boilers are to go by 2050. The strategy for dealing with these deadlines was due to be published in July and has still not materialised. The government is understandably nervous about scaring consumers with the cost, yet the Treasury sees state subsidy as a non-starter. At the same time, energy bill payers are being asked to subsidise tens of thousands of new gas boilers in homes that lack central heating. Coherent? Sales of new diesel and petrol cars are to be banned by 2030. There is nowhere near the charging infrastructure needed to support the electric car revolution. Some 564 charging points were added in the past 30 days, according to Zap-Map, equal to 19 per day. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders reckons that 700 a day are required. And think you’ll be able to charge your new car any time at home or work? Think again. From May, new chargers will automatically be set not to function from 8am to 11am and 4pm to 10pm to avoid blackouts. Ministers have produced an energy plan, a green industrial plan, a North Sea oil plan, a transport decarbonisation plan, a hydrogen plan. Allegra Stratton, Johnson’s spokeswoman, has told people they can do their bit by rinsing plates before they go in the dishwasher.
Times 19th Sept 2021 read more »
Revealed: COP26 ‘sustainability’ advisor’s ties to fossil fuel firms. The UK government has been condemned for enlisting a company with longstanding ties to the oil and gas industry to oversee the sustainability of the COP26 climate change summit.
Scotsman 19th Sept 2021 read more »