The UK just got a sonic climate advocate as its own. But will King Charles III continue to speak out?
The timing of the transition is noteworthy: record-breaking heat waves swept the northern hemisphere this summer.
In the UK, where air conditioners are uncommon, temperatures Multiply 104 degrees Fahrenheit For the first time in July, heat melted the runway at London Luton Airport. So far, September has offered little reprieve.
The new king has a long history of defending the planet dating back to the 1970s, writes Politico E&E News reporter Sarah Schonhardt. He also has a family history in the yard – his late father, Prince Philip, was a pastor and president of the World Wildlife Fund.
But the “green monarch”, as the Sydney Morning Herald called it Friday, has no technical authority over national policymaking, and will face political risks if he continues to be outspoken about politics now that he has taken the throne.
Instead, among the UK’s central power brokers is new Prime Minister Liz Truss, who met Elizabeth II on Tuesday just two days before the Queen’s death. Truss is already facing criticism for including fossil fuel proponents and critics of renewable energy in her government.
Some environmentalists have expressed concern about her commitment to achieving the ambitious climate goals espoused by former Prime Minister Boris Johnson – to the astonishment of many Britons – or her own calls to “double” reductions in greenhouse gases.
Still, Charles has a proven track record. He first spoke publicly about the reality of climate change in 1970, and his interest in environmental protection and sustainability only developed. These days, his Aston Martin runs on bioethanol made from wine and cheese by-products.
He has also used his royal platform to advocate for the conservation of forests, soils, oceans and biodiversity, while pushing companies to invest in nature conservation initiatives. Last year, Charles opened Scotland’s global climate conference, COP 26, by calling for a “military-style campaign” to harness the wealth of the private sector.
Some critics at home have accused him of “interfering” in issues beyond the royal family’s limited role. In a 2018 interview, he seemed to promise to reconnect once he became king, saying, “I’m not that stupid. I realize that exercising sovereignty is a separate exercise.”
Now, Charles has to decide which path to take. But one thing is for sure: the world will watch it…or at least new episodes of “The Crown.”
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on the hill
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said he would oppose any government spending bill that includes allowing legislation – a requirement to secure Senator Joe Manchin’s support for the climate bill – underscoring progressive resistance amid protests by environmental groups, Write by Nick Subchek, Jeremy Dillon, and Kelsey Bruger.
Meanwhile, both Republicans and Democrats in Congress see this week’s electrical grid problems in California as a justification for their respective energy policies, writes Nico Burundo.
in the atmosphere
September marks the start of a new season for meteorologists. Chelsea Harvey writes: It is the beginning of a “climate fall” in the Northern Hemisphere, and an apparent transition to milder weather. But most of the United States is still baking, burning, wilting, or swimming.
Gas price cap?
Belgian Prime Minister Alexandre de Croo said in an interview with Politico reporter Camille Giggs that the EU should impose a price cap on foreign natural gas imports.
The radical proposal goes far beyond the scheme outlined by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who proposed a bloc-wide cap on gas imported only from Russia.
All EU countries agree that the bloc must take steps to reduce high energy prices — but Friday’s emergency summit of energy ministers bogged down in details of how those policies would work, America Hernandez and Victor Jacques wrote.
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