Sky Views: How green is the blond bombshell?


Boris Johnson’s record on climate change is, like the man himself, not entirely straightforward.

When he was mayor of London, he delivered Boris Bikes but also reduced the size of the congestion charge zone.

As MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, he opposed the third runway at Heathrow and even pledged to lie down in front of bulldozers to stop construction – yet missed a crucial vote to block it.

A quick check of his voting record via reveals this stark summary: Boris Johnson almost always voted against measures to prevent climate change.

In 2015, he published an article about an unseasonably warm winter.

Mr Johnson wrote: “It is fantastic news that the world has agreed to cut pollution and help people save money, but I am sure that those global leaders were driven by a primitive fear that the present ambient warm weather is somehow caused by humanity; and that fear – as far as I understand the science – is equally without foundation.”

Later, as foreign secretary, he shifted his stance – emphasising UK efforts to lobby the US to take climate change seriously.

But the former chief scientist professor David King has told the Guardian that Mr Johnson also presided over “devastating” cuts to his global climate team tasked with delivering the Paris climate agreement.

What are we to make of this patchy performance?

I hear faint alarm bells ringing.

Mr Johnson has a populist instinct and an affinity with Donald Trump, who himself has said he doesn’t believe that humans contribute significantly to climate change.

There’s Brexit to sort out.

And potentially a general election on the cards too.

Johnson has been supportive of the UK’s net-zero emissions target, and it’s been reported that Conservative MP and environmentalist Zac Goldsmith may be in the mix as part of a new environment team.

Both of these things are reassuring to those who want to see the next prime minister treat climate change like the crisis scientists say it is.

But one wonders, with everything else that’s going on, and with his record, how likely that is to happen.

Previously on Sky Views: Martha Kelner – Podium protest against China’s ‘poster boy’ shames swimming’s governing body


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