The following was first published by France24.
After she became prime minister, Truss said she was “completely committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050”, but she also told parliament she had decided to “re-examine” this objective to ensure it was achieved in a way favourable to the economy and growth.
Doubts about the UK’s future climate policy have also been fuelled by Truss’s decision to appoint Jacob Rees-Mogg as her secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy.
An opponent of onshore wind power, Rees-Mogg has said he wants his constituents to have cheap energy “rather more than I would like them to have windmills”.
He has also warned against “climate alarmism” and recently accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of funding opponents of shale gas in the UK.
His comments have been branded a “a dangerous climate denial” by Ed Miliband, the main opposition Labour Party’s spokesperson on climate change and net zero.
“Putting someone who recently suggested ‘every last drop’ of oil should be extracted from the North Sea in charge of energy policy is deeply worrying for anyone concerned about the deepening climate emergency, solving the cost-of-living crisis and keeping our fuel bills down for good,” environmental pressure group Friends of the Earth said.
“Extracting more fossil fuels is a false solution to the energy crisis. It’s our failure to end our reliance on gas and oil that’s sent energy bills soaring and left us teetering on the brink of catastrophic climate change,” it said.
Rees-Mogg’s appointment “suggests that the Tories have learned nothing after years of incompetence in energy policy”, added Rebecca Newsom of Greenpeace.
The Labour Party, meanwhile, has made the issue of climate change one of its main lines of attack as it approaches the next general election, scheduled for 2025 at the latest.