Rishi Sunak has capitulated to his fossil fuel cronies and gone back on the promises he made for UK to achieve net zero by 2050. The deadline for phasing out petrol and diesel cars has been shifted by five years from 2030 to 2035. Replacement of home gas boilers by heat pumps is not now mandatory until the boilers actually give out.
This was met by derision and dismay from environmentalists and industry alike. The environmentalists see it as an abrogation of responsibility. The motor industry say they cannot plan if the government keeps changing its mind. What gas boiler manufacturers make of it I hate to think.
Then the government ignored the advice of leading energy analysts and gave the go ahead for the development of the Rosebank oil and gas field. Their claim that this will give us energy security and reduce our gas prices is just not true.
The ill-conceived ‘Plan for Drivers’, issued on 29 September is another example of the government appealing to motorists’ baser instincts by challenging the 20 mph speed limits introduced so successfully in Europe and latterly in Wales.
How much longer can we accept a government which refuses to govern in the interests of the country but panders to Tory donors? How much further can we allow Rishi Sunak to kick the oil can down the road?
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