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Boris Johnson’s new climate chief voted 15 times against measures to tackle climate change

The person who will lead the UK’s work at this year’s UN climate change conference has voted 15 times against laws to deal with the climate emergency.

In today’s reshuffle, Boris Johnson has appointed Alok Sharma MP as the president of the COP26 UN climate conference, that will be held in Glasgow later this year. He will also replace Andrea Leadsom as Business Secretary.

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However, Sharma’s voting record on the issue of climate change isn’t exactly inspiring.

The website “Theyworkforyou” shows that Sharma has “generally voted against measures to prevent climate change”. In 21 votes on climate-related laws since 2011, Sharma has voted against 15, in favour of four and has abstained on two.

Notably,  Sharma has voted against requiring a strategy for carbon capture and storage from the energy industry – and against setting a decarbonisation target for the UK.

The COP26 summit is being heralded as a big moment in the effort to tackle climate change. At a critical juncture, the UK is hosting a meeting of the world’s biggest economies, in the hope of forging a solution to the climate emergency.

Judging by Sharma’s record, however, we won’t be setting our hopes too high.

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2 responses to “Boris Johnson’s new climate chief voted 15 times against measures to tackle climate change

  1. the steps we have to take will not be easy and any government putting them into action will most probably feel resistance from the public. It will take commitment from the government to hold steady and resist the temptation to buckle. For Johnson, green issues haven’t even registered because they don’t promise votes and power. His choice of Sharma as the person to lead this up and coming incredibly important world conference speaks volumes.……a man who has proved himself as a politician who actually voted against green issues. Utterly insane. It couldn’t have been a worse choice. I there for hold Johnson responsible for the future of the world. He doesn’t seem to have registered just how crucial it is.

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