Steve Baker says China 'isn't ready to do deal at COP26'
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MP Steve Baker has warned that China is going to be a “real problem” for Boris Johnson if it’s not ready to do a big deal at the upcoming Cop26, where world leaders are to meet and tackle the climate crisis. He also warnd that the UK could “end up imposing enormous costs on ourselves”.
Speaking on GB news, Steve Baker said: “I think it’s going to be a good trip but I think, you know, I think the Prime Minister’s judgment will be that he comes back with the USA looking far more likely to commit on net zero.
“I mean I’ve expressed my own misgivings about cost of net zero.
“But what we’ve got to do here is, be realistic. Where are the costs going to follow and so on?
“But for Boris, it’s going to be about net zero, getting ready for cop 26, about making progress on trade, and of course on security.”
The host asked: “If China doesn’t come. Is there any point?”
Mr Baker answered: “Probably not. And I think that China probably isn’t ready to do a big deal at COP 26 and I think that’s going to be a real problem for the Prime Minister, yes.”
The host chipped in: “Should he call it off then?”
Mr Baker said: “Well, I certainly think it should go virtual, bearing in mind the crisis that we’ve had and the opportunity to save carbon emissions by going virtual.
“But you know I think it’s got to at this stage going to press ahead there’s no point calling for it to be cancelled.
“But let’s face up to it, China’s the biggest emitter, and they’re still building coal fired plants, and unless China acts, we would end up imposing enormous costs on ourselves.
“So the real disbenefit of ordinary people.
“And if China doesn’t change well that it won’t do any good. So it’s really crucial moment.”
He added: “All I want is the prosperity of everybody watching this programme across the country that does require us to have plentiful gas and electricity at low prices, to use current technologies and to be really careful where all the costs are for.”
The PM is on a trip to New York this weel, urging world leaders to take “concrete action” on climate change.
He will also visit the White House for the first time since Joe Biden became US president.
The visit comes ahead of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November.
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