An environment minister has said the petrol crisis is a “good lesson” on the need to end Britain’s reliance on fossil fuels and accelerate the transition to electric vehicles.
Zack Goldsmith told Granthshala That reduction had underscored how Britain and the world should “open itself up” from reliance on such fuels as part of action to tackle climate change.
His remarks came as the crisis threatened to overshadow the Conservatives’ annual convention, which begins in Manchester today.
Boris Johnson has pledged to “change and improve” the economy and insists Britain can no longer rely on “low-paid immigration” as the military is called on to help distribute petrol this weekend Was.
Motorists have faced long queues this week amid a paucity of petrol pumps, while there are also concerns about food shortages at shops this winter.
The leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have warned against universal credit cuts
The leaders of the UK’s three developed countries have come together to call on the Westminster government to abandon the planned £20 a week cut in Universal Credit (UC) payments.
The leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland warned that benefit cuts would leave millions across Britain facing an “unprecedented squeeze” to the household budget.
The temporary rise at UC, announced at the start of the pandemic last year, began to close in late September and will end this week.
There is still time for a change of heart, said a joint letter to Boris Johnson, Nicola Sturgeon of Scotland, Mark Drakeford of Wales and Paul Givhan and Michelle O’Neill of Northern Ireland.
“Your government is withdrawing this lifeline just as the country is facing a critical livelihood crisis,” he said.
“Millions this winter are facing a volatile combination of rising food and energy costs, rising inflation, the end of the furlough scheme and an imminent increase in national insurance contributions.
“There is no justification for cutting such critical support at a time when people across the UK are facing unprecedented pressure on their household budgets.”
The leaders also warned that the £500m fund, announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak to prove discretionary payments to the most vulnerable, was a “completely insufficient” replacement for the £6bn being provided through the uplift.
Fuel crisis a ‘good lesson’ on the need for climate action, says minister
According to Environment Minister Zack Goldsmith, the petrol crisis is a “good lesson” on the need to end our reliance on fossil fuels and accelerate the switch to electric vehicles.
As drivers queued to fill up and many garages dried up, Lord Goldsmith dismissed fears that the crisis could make it harder to garner public support for a deal to tackle the climate emergency at next month’s Cop26 summit .
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