Boris Johnson tells climate summit: ‘I am the spirit of Glasgow’

Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the COP27 climate conference in Egypt that the world needs to “double down” on the net zero goal instead of abandoning it because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“I am the spirit of Glasgow,” Johnson said Monday, referring to the last COP conference, which was organized on his watch. At the meeting in the Scottish city, the international community reaffirmed its goal to become “net zero around midcentury.”

Johnson said that after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “some people have drawn the conclusion that the whole project of net zero needs to be delayed and we need to reopen coal fields and frack the hell out of the countryside.”

He insisted that he is not one of them, saying: “This is not the moment to abandon the campaign for net zero and turn our backs on renewables.” Instead, Johnson said, it’s the moment to “put the electric throttle to the floor.”

However, the former PM pledged his solidarity with Kyiv, calling the raging war “a Manichean struggle between good and evil.”

Johnson said that he was speaking “in a purely supportive, foot soldier role” ahead of newly elected PM Rishi Sunak, who is due to speak at the conference on Monday.

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