Guest essay by Eric Worrall
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s efforts to present a united front against President Trump’s climate skepticism took a blow today, with the British government admitting that climate is not on their list of key objectives for the G20 conference.
Climate change not an objective for UK at G20 as Theresa May meets Donald Trump
The Prime Minister has not made the environment one of her four key priorities
Jon Stone Hamburg @joncstone Friday 7 July 2017 08:43 BST
The Prime Minister has been accused of a “dereliction of duty” after revealing that climate change has been excluded from her top priorities at this weekend’s G20 summit.
Theresa May left it off her list of key objectives despite the issue likely becoming the central task of the meeting of world leaders, following Donald Trump’s decision to quit the Paris Agreement on climate change.
… a senior UK Government official revealed the British G20 delegation’s four objectives would not include the issue.
Instead, Ms May will focus on cutting off terrorist financing, global migration, modern slavery and “making the global economy work for everyone”.
Green party co-leader Caroline Lucas MP told The Independent: “It’s extremely disappointing that the Government isn’t priorisitising climate change at this summit.
“With Theresa May set for a bilateral with Donald Trump she should be putting action on climate change at the top of the agenda – and pressing the US President to reverse his disastrous decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement.
British Prime Minister Theresa May was left battered by a recent UK election which her party almost lost. She desperately needs some good news to try to win back some electoral support. A G20 win for British jobs might help restore her sagging popularity.