More evidence is emerging that Boris Johnson’s COP26 plans are in serious trouble: According to reports in the Sunday Telegraph, Britain is facing global embarrassment because the government is unlikely to have passed its flagship Environment Bill in time for the UN climate summit.
What is more, at the UN conference in Glasgow, Britain and the US will be facing the BRICS nations which have joined forces to challenge Biden’s and Boris’s Net Zero agenda and are in a much stronger geopolitical position today than they were in Copenhagen back in 2009.
In light of the evident opposition by China and its BRICS allies, Boris Johnson is reported to be planning a last-ditch attempt to break the deadlock with China later this month. The question is whether he and Biden are prepared to cave in to the geopolitical concessions Beijing is demanding.
Of course, if all fails, there is always the option to pull the plug on the Glasgow confab and turn COP26 into a Zoom meeting (as we have been suggesting for a long time) or even delay the whole event until next year (as green NGOs, worried about a Cop-flop, are demanding).
Yet, despite the expected deadlocks, walk outs and collapse warnings, COP26 is most likely to follow the normal COP ritual, culminating in a convenient compromise that will allow Biden and Boris to claim to have saved the summit from near collapse while enabling China and much of Asia and Africa to burn fossil fuels for decades to come.
Alok Sharma is facing embarrassment on the world stage at November’s Cop26 climate conference because the Government is unlikely to have passed its flagship Environment Bill in time for the summit, The Telegraph can reveal.
Ministers had hoped the bill – which runs to some 270 pages and includes dozens of new commitments on the environment – would receive royal assent by October 31, when the conference begins.
But following a series of successful attempts to amend the Bill in the House of Lords, Downing Street has decided to delay it entirely if the changes cannot be fought off in time.
The Telegraph understands Mr Sharma, who has spent the past eight months flying around the world securing international cooperation on measures to be agreed at this year’s conference, has been pushing for it to be completed before world leaders arrive in Glasgow.
But that would have meant agreeing to amendments passed in the Lords, including one that would force ministers to declare a climate emergency – a key demand of Extinction Rebellion.
“The sort of people who want to make the most out of Cop would like to politically say that the Environment Bill is this great landmark achievement, and therefore Britain is delivering on all that stuff around the time we do Cop,” a source said.
“The mood in No10 is now about getting a good Bill rather than getting a Bill which is sorted by Cop. Obviously, the Government is not going to agree to Extinction Rebellion-written amendments.”