Published On: Thu, Feb 13th, 2020

Supporter of airport expansion appointed chair of global climate talks

The new chair of the COP26 climate talks is a supporter of expansion at both Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma will take charge of the conference, scheduled to take place in Glasgow in December.

He describies himself as a “strong supporter of Heathrow Airport” and his website states: “Alok has expressed his preference for both Heathrow and Gatwick Airports expanding”.

He has even criticised businesses in his constituency for not being more vocal in favour of expansion.

Along with most of his party, Sharma also voted to tax renewable energy in 2015. At the time, Caroline Lucas described this move as a “serious blow for the fight against climate change”.

Sharma was given the job after Clare O’Neill was sacked by Boris Johnson. She has since said that Johnson admitted to her that he “doesn’t get” climate change.

David Cameron, William Hague, Michael Gove and Zac Goldsmith were all touted as potential replacements befpre Sharma got the job.

Read more: Natalie Bennett: The UK must take climate talks more seriously

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