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John Kerry warns Liz Truss not to ‘jigger’ with climate change taxes


John Kerry, US President’s Special Envoy for Climate (Yui Mok/PA) (PA Wire)

US President Joe Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry has warned Tory leadership candidate Liz Truss not to ‘stumble’ with UK plans to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by cutting green levies that help pay for the transition to clean energy.

Ms Truss said she supported the goal of Net Zero by 2050, but wanted to suspend levies which add 8% to energy bills in order to do so “in a way that does not harm people and companies”.

But Mr Kerry said any savings from tax giveaways will be far outweighed by the cost of extreme weather if global warming is not brought under control.

While insisting he did not want to interfere in the choice of Britain’s next prime minister, he said he would ‘conspicuously and categorically’ advise against any move to water down confirmed carbon reduction pledges. at last year’s COP26 summit in Glasgow.

Responding to Ms Truss’ plans, he told BBC Radio 4 World this weekend“Obviously I don’t want to get involved in management’s decision about the next few weeks and what’s going to happen in the UK.

“But I will say very clearly and categorically: we are late. We don’t have the luxury of fidgeting with 2050 right now, as we’re currently heading for global warming somewhere between 2.5 degrees and 3.5 degrees centigrade.

“The world is already warmed to 1.1 – almost 1.2 – degrees. Now the cushion we have between 1.5 and this is obviously tiny.

“And we see what is happening with the damage on the planet at 1.1 degrees. Imagine when you get to 1.5.

“Every tenth of a degree we warm is going to cost us billions of dollars more. So whatever tax evasion or giveaway there is now at the expense of the climate is going to be absolutely replaced by the cost of damage .

Ms Truss raised environmental concerns when she said in a televised leadership debate: ‘I support net zero. We must, however, provide it in a way that does not harm people and businesses.

“That’s why I would have a moratorium on the green levy. take it out of general taxation so we can ease the pressure and find better ways to deliver Net Zero.