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Yes, it’s time for the ‘liar liar’ image again.

How wonderful of Theresa May to make a commitment to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions to zero by 2050 – a promise that her successor may ignore or reverse completely.

No departing prime minister or government can bind the hands of their successors and 2050 is a long way away.

It doesn’t even matter that the Tories would probably shift much of the burden onto developing countries; it’s simply unlikely to happen with Tories in charge.

You only have to look at Prime Minister’s Questions today, in which Jeremy Corbyn listed a litany of Conservative government promises that have come to nothing.

This was a last-minute attempt by a failed prime minister to create some kind of legacy – and she even failed at that.

Theresa May has sought to cement some legacy in the weeks before she steps down as prime minister by enshrining in law a commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, making Britain the first major economy to do so.

The commitment, to be made in an amendment to the Climate Change Act laid in parliament on Wednesday, would make the UK the first member of the G7 group of industrialised nations to legislate for net zero emissions, Downing Street said.

Environmental groups welcomed the goal but expressed disappointment that the plan would allow the UK to achieve it in part through international carbon credits, something Greenpeace said would “shift the burden to developing nations”.

Source: Theresa May commits to net zero UK carbon emissions by 2050 | Environment | The Guardian

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