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Net zero sceptics warm to Rishi Sunak's climate shift

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🗞️ Driving the news: UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's recent shift in rhetoric indicates a more pragmatic approach towards the 2050 net-zero emissions target, following the Conservative party's surprising victory in a by-election where the expansion of London's clean-air zone was a major concern

🔭 The context: Lagging in polls behind Labour, the Tories have supported motorists discontented with green policies and approved additional oil and gas drilling in the North Sea
• This stance, however, has been criticized by environmental campaigners and some eco-conscious Tory MPs.

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: The change in tone from the UK's prime minister signals a potential shift in climate policy that could affect the pace of the country's transition to a more sustainable, low-carbon economy

⏭️ What's next: Senior Tory MPs have been emboldened to call for an overhaul of the government's green agenda, with some even suggesting a pause on all climate targets
• However, as of now, the Prime Minister has rejected these calls and maintains focus on tweaks to existing green policies

💬 One quote: "The majority of people across all demographics, regions, and major political parties back net zero and want to tackle climate change, but they do not want unfair costs put on them to get there."  (Jack Richardson, head of energy and environment at the centre-right Onward think tank)

📈 One stat: According to a survey by ConservativeHome, around 40% of Tory party members do not support the 2050 net zero target, with a similar number supporting it but saying it should not be legislated

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