LONDON — COP28, meet the U.K.’s three amigos. One is a king who has spent most of his adult life campaigning for bold action on global warming — but is now bound by ancient convention to stick to his government’s skeptical script. The second is a prime minister who just scaled back Britain’s net zero ambitions and wants to “max out” fossil fuel production at home — and stands accused by former colleagues of being “uninterested” in environmental policies. And the third? A former prime minister — now the U.K. foreign secretary — who once pledged to lead the “greenest government ever,” but then grew tired of what he called “the green crap” … and is already showing signs of overshadowing his new boss.
All three are due to descend on the United Nations climate conference, COP28, which starts in Dubai next week, rounding off a year set to be the hottest ever recorded. (Sunak and the king are already confirmed to attend, while Cameron is due to do so in the coming days.) The unlikely trio, each jostling for their place on the world stage, are symbolic of a wider identity crisis for the U.K. heading into the summit.
The country staked a claim as a world leader on climate when it hosted COP26 just two years ago. But it is now viewed with uncertainty by allies pushing for stronger action on global warming, following Sunak’s embrace of North Sea oil and gas and his retreat on some key domestic net zero targets.
“There is a lot of confusion about what this year will bring,” said one European diplomat granted anonymity because they don’t want people knowing they’re giving such candid assessments ahead of an event like this— you know how that goes… “It raises questions about which team [the UK] supports.” Green King vs Blue Prime Minister
One key moment will come early in Charles’ reign – I mean speech – when he delivers an opening address at World Climate Action Summit during talks that kick off this fortnight-long event where everyone gets together pretending like we’re gonna save our planet if we just talk enough about it – ha! Sunak plans on flying over later that day after he finishes meeting with all those lovely folks from Big Oil (wink wink).
At least Charles has been allowed to attend; remember last time he tried going somewhere without permission? In 2022 Prime Minister Liz Truss advised against him travelling anywhere near Egypt for COP27! While there may be tension between these two polar opposites—pun intended—you won’t find any sign in Charles’ speech since No 10 Downing Street gets final say over everything before it leaves Buckingham Palace according my friend inside Whitehall!
But let’s not forget how close yet so far apart these guys really are: Jonathan Dimbleby says frustration must run deep within Charlie boy himself given recent drilling licenses approved up north–no matter practical implications combatting climate change or whatever else might come up along way towards making things better than worse down here below sea level; nothing sends quite message nation claiming moral leadership issue.”
Dimbleby also notes His Majesty finds unique position amid constitutional obligations as head state England—a tricky spot indeed!
Others see potential test looming large ahead too: Craig Prescott believes significant moments lie ahead where HRH needs walk fine line political impartiality whilst still championing environmental causes — balancing act if there ever was one considering delicate nature royal politics mixed reality check imposed upon us everyday folk living outside palace walls…
As expected Downing Street declined comment regarding interactions between themselves & Buckingham Palace concerning upcoming speeches but no worries because surely someone high up must have thought long hard about all details involved right?
Fossil Fuel Follies
Charles attending at invitation hosts UAE shows closeness shared UK establishment Gulf monarchies presiding largest producers black gold around globe -a connection seen potentially beneficial British diplomacy efforts abroad especially amidst current turmoil surrounding energy supply demands worldwide.”
Edward Davey tells me trust built relationships could provide chance having open dialogue discussions necessary towards renewable development infrastructure growth across regions affected worsening conditions caused excessive carbon emissions polluting atmosphere – important stuff indeed!”
Not everyone shares same optimism though: Graham Smith points fingers accusingly saying friends Middle Eastern countries use Prince William access Westminster influencing decisions made secretively behind closed doors away public scrutiny!” Cameron meanwhile maintains strong ties Emirates teaching post NYU Abu Dhabi adding more complexity dynamic playing out soon enough during negotiations leading up summit begin shortly thereafter…
UK delegation headed junior minister Graham Stuart joined Claire Coutinho Energy Secretary Rishi ally arriving Dubai weeks away official start date–but let’s face facts shall we? This whole thing seems little fishy doesn’t sit well anyone paying attention lately…”
Chris Skidmore MP activist Conservative party member author government report policy setting ambitious goals tackling greenhouse gases agrees completely stating clear difference phase-out versus phase-down crucial distinction determined fate entire planet rests solely shoulders small island nation located edge Western Europe continent struggling keep its head above water midst rising tides threatening engulf us all sooner rather than later!”
Climate Brain Drain
Londoners working tirelessly fight good fight even despite less support overall greater challenges facing today’s society including lack funding resources needed cope effectively changing climates everywhere creating havoc wherever go causing mass panic among citizens trying stay calm cool collected midst chaos unfolding daily basis throughout city streets countryside alike…