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Sunak poised to weaken U.K. climate targets as election approaches

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🗞️ Driving the news: Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister of Britain has weakened key environmental pledges, promising lower costs for Britons, and delaying the ban on sales of gas and diesel cars by five years
• This change in policies has sparked criticism from business leaders, environmentalists, and some members of his own Conservative party

🔭 The context: These policy changes are perceived as a strategic attempt by Prime Minister Sunak to separate his government from the opposition Labour Party, as a general election approaches
• Labour, led by Keir Starmer, has been leading in the polls and Sunak’s ratings have taken a hit since he became Prime Minister

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The weakening of environmental pledges comes at a critical time when there is growing global awareness about climate change, following a series of devastating wildfires and floods across Europe
• The UK’s policy shifts risk alienating voters and the international community, at a time when unified action on climate change is essential

⏭️ What's next: The policy changes may influence the upcoming general election, with the Conservative Party emphasizing economic relief for citizens over stringent environmental regulations
• The international community and the electorate will be closely watching Britain’s commitment to climate action in the coming months

💬 One quote: “We are not going to save the planet by bankrupting the British people” (Suella Braverman, Home Secretary)

📈 One stat: The new, delayed target for the ban on sales of new gas and diesel cars is now 2035, aligning with the European Union’s target, which several right-wing lawmakers and newspapers in Britain are praising

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