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Ban on new petrol and diesel cars under consideration

Ban on new petrol and diesel cars under consideration”

Britain has pledged to reach net zero by 2050, but Greenpeace UK Head of Politics Rebecca Newsom said Johnson needed to take broader action than cleaning up transport.

Environmental groups were positively surprised by Boris Johnson's announcement.

It comes as a leaked letter sent to Mr Johnson by the former energy minister revealed that she was sacked by Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister's chief aide.

Ms O'Neill is also reportedly consulting lawyers about what she claims were "false, distorted and defamatory" briefings about her record, saying Number 10 was "rumoured" to be behind the briefings.

O'Neill, a former energy minister, accused Johnson of a lack of leadership and said he had admitted to her he did not understand climate change.

"As we set out our plans to achieve our ambitious net zero target for 2050 this year, we will urge others to join us in causing net zero emissions".

By a very long way, research by Desmog UK found that supporters of climate science denial have donated predominantly to the Conservative Party and Tory politicians, with the most donations going to Boris Johnson.

As part of the UK's moves to meet its legal goal to reach net zero by 2050, the government will consult on bringing forward a planned ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040 to 2035 - and earlier if feasible.

The vehicle ban was originally announced in July 2017 as part of the government's clean air initiative, but - in a move that was welcomed by the auto industry - it emerged in 2018 that hybrid vehicles would not be included in the ban.

"The prime minister will use the speech [at the COP26 summit] to call for global efforts to reach net zero as early as possible through investment in cleaner, greener technology, preservation of our natural habitat and measures to improve resilience to climate change impact".

Boris Johnson "doesn't really get" climate change and Britain is playing like a League One team when it needs to be Liverpool on the issue, Claire Perry O'Neill has said.

There can be no greater responsibility than protecting our planet, and no mission that a Global Britain is prouder to serve.

"2020 must be the year we turn global warming upside down - it will be the year we choose a cleaner, greener future for everyone".

'If the United Kingdom government wants to show real leadership ahead of this year's climate summit it must also urgently reverse its plans for more climate-wrecking roads and runways - and pull the plug on its support for new gas, coal and oil developments'. Countries are expected to deliver more ambitious domestic plans for cutting greenhouse gases by 2030 - as current proposals are not enough to prevent unsafe temperature rises.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: "This government's £1.5bn strategy to make owning an electric vehicle as easy as possible is working; previous year a fully electric auto was sold every 15 minutes".

Back in 2017, the government said it would prohibit the sale of new cars powered exclusively by internal combustion engines in 2040 in a bid to cut emissions and hit air quality targets.

The Government will continue to work with all sectors of industry to accelerate the rollout of zero emission vehicles - helping to deliver new green jobs in the UK.

The Government had previously announced they would end the sale of new fossil fuel vehicles from 2040 but would still allow the sale of hybrid vehicles that had a zero-emission capability.



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