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How net zero became a global election issue

By Attracta Mooney, Alice Hancock

21 Sep 2023 · 4 min read

As Rishi Sunak watered down the UK’s net zero plans this week, the prime minister promised ahead of 2024 elections that he would shun efforts to decarbonise faster than other countries.

“When our share of global emissions is less than one per cent, how can it be right that British citizens are now being told to sacrifice even more than others?” said the leader of the ruling Conservative party on Thursday.

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