Boris Johnson is to blame, according to Keir Starmer, for ’emboldening’ the world’s biggest polluters in order to weaken the COP26 agreement.

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Boris Johnson is to blame, according to Keir Starmer, for ’emboldening’ the world’s biggest polluters to weaken the COP26 agreement.

The Prime Minister’s ‘guileless boosterism,’ according to Labour’s leader, led to the pact being watered down.

Boris Johnson’s “guileless boosterism,” according to Sir Keir Starmer, undermined the COP26 summit and allowed the biggest emitters to water down climate change efforts.

The Labour leader slammed the Prime Minister’s praise for India’s and Australia’s weak commitments, warning that it only served to “embolden” them.

Mr Johnson made his remarks as he delivered a statement to the Commons, claiming that the climate conference in Glasgow “proved the doubters and cynics wrong.”

The government has been chastised for failing to go far enough in the deal signed by world leaders over the weekend to avoid dangerous global warming.

Anger has been directed in particular at China and India, which attempted to scale back wording on the use of coal power at the last minute, forcing a last-minute edit to replace the pledge to “phase out” coal with one to “phase down.”

Sir Keir acknowledged the difficulty of international agreements, saying that “those who have dragged their feet the most bear the greatest responsibility.”

“The summit was held back by the Prime Minister’s guileless boosterism, which only emboldened the big emitters,” he added.

“The Prime Minister praised the government’s shoddy net-zero plans.

He praised Australia’s plans, despite the fact that they were so slow that they coincided with global warming of 4 degrees Celsius.

The Prime Minister had little chance of exerting influence over the other major emitters by providing this cover, and we saw many more disappointing national plans as a result.”

Sir Ed Davey, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, warned that the climate pact reached in Glasgow over the weekend “fell short, potentially dangerously so.”

Mr Johnson insisted that COP26 had met its objectives.

“It was a summit that many predicted would fail, and one that I believe some quietly wished would fail.

“Yet it was a summit that proved the skeptics and cynics wrong, because Cop26 not only succeeded in keeping 1.5C alive, but it also succeeded in doing something no UN climate conference has ever done before, by uniting the world in declaring coal’s end.”

The Prime Minister emphasized the importance of the Glasgow summit.

UK news summary from Infosurhoy

Boris Johnson is to blame, according to Keir Starmer, for ’emboldening’ the world’s biggest polluters in order to weaken the COP26 agreement.

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Keir Starmer blames Boris Johnson for ’emboldening’ biggest polluters to water down COP26 deal

Keir Starmer blames Boris Johnson for ’emboldening’ biggest polluters to water down COP26 deal

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