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Donald Trump backs Rishi Sunak’s decision to water down net zero measures

24 Sep 2023 2 minute read
Former US president Donald Trump. Photo Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Donald Trump has backed Rishi Sunak’s decision to delay a series of measures aimed at curbing emissions.

The Prime Minister announced plans including a five-year delay in banning petrol and diesel cars and made changes to the shift away from gas boilers in an effort to spare hard-pressed households from the cost of green commitments.

Former US president Mr Trump – who has railed against climate measures in his country – said: “I always knew Sunak was smart.”

On his social media platform Truth Social, Mr Trump said: “Prime Minsiter Sunak of the United Kingdom has very substantially rolled back the ridiculous ‘climate mandates’ that the United States is pushing on everyone, especially itself.

“I always knew Sunak was smart, that he wasn’t going to destroy and bankrupt his nation for fake climate alarmists that don’t have a clue.”

Commitment

Mr Sunak has maintained the UK’s commitment to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, despite the changes to the way measures would be introduced.

Cabinet minister Grant Shapps told the BBC: “We have already exceeded all of our carbon budgets. We have the leading position in the G7 in terms of the amount of carbon that we’ve reduced.”

And he insisted that 2035 was “always the end date for the sale of petrol and diesel cars” because hybrid-powered vehicles were allowed to be on sale to that date.

The original plan had meant new cars powered only by petrol or diesel would have been banned by 2030, but that has now slipped to 2035.

The Defence Secretary insisted the UK was still on course to meet its commitments despite the changes on cars and boilers: “We think that we can both meet our 2050 commitments and give families a bit of a break and enable them to change their boilers as the time comes, rather than force a sort of pace which is unrealistic.”


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Rob
Rob
4 months ago

Being praised by Donald Trump isn’t exactly a vote winner for Rishi Sunak.

Steve A Duggan
Steve A Duggan
4 months ago

Of course he does – he, along with Sunak, don’t want to hurt those that line their pockets.

Jeff
Jeff
4 months ago

Trump. Trashed the US, multiple court cases against him, pushes violent insurrection and up for tampering with votes, rape cases, looks to be devalued soon, if I were the UK pm i would be distancing from that awful ex pres. still, certain sections of the UK tory party think he is great. And i expect they still hope that he wins next pres election, but he will burn the world to line his pockets.

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
4 months ago

Don says to Rishi: ‘Hey smart guy! Don’t forget now, when you get your butt whipped at the next election, just say they stole it. That’s it morons!’.

Rhobert Davi8s
Rhobert Davi8s
4 months ago
Reply to  Fi yn unig

Butt whipped by who Welsh Labour? Sir Kier? Sir Ed?

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
4 months ago
Reply to  Rhobert Davi8s

Bully XL Braverman…oh! you mean in an election…

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
4 months ago
Reply to  Rhobert Davi8s

That includes a marginal defeat.

hdavies15
hdavies15
4 months ago

An endorsement from Trump = kiss of death. Should make Rishi rethink sharpish.

A.Redman
A.Redman
4 months ago
Reply to  hdavies15

“The art of the con Don”?.
With friends like that, who needs enemies?

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