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02 December 2019 19:17

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Conservatives pay lip service to the climate crisis.

Jo Swinson has received a vicious backlash for mentioning Brexit during the Climate Debate on Channel 4. Social media users hit out at the Liberal Democrat leader's mention of Brexit as soon as the debate started. Ms Swinson called Brexit a "climate crime". Speaking on Channel 4's climate debate, Mr Swinson said: "The climate crisis is even more important than Brexit. Jo Swinson mentioned Brexit as soon as the debate started Jeremy Corbyn will go head-to-head with Jo Swinson tonight in the latest televised debate of the general election campaign.

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Corbyn and Swinson will be joined for Channel 4's Emergency on Planet Earth: The Debate – a discussion dedicated to climate change – by Nicola Sturgeon, Adam Price and Sian Berry, leaders of the Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party respectively. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage will not be there, however, and rumours abound that they will be empty-chaired or even replaced by an ice sculpture left to melt under the glare of the hot studio lights in Mr Johnson's case. 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Ben de Pear, editor of Channel 4 News, said: "There is no more urgent issue facing the planet and we are delighted to open the whole of our programme for all the party leaders to show what plans they have to confront it." Boris Johnson is understood to have taken exception to the idea of debating Ms Sturgeon on the grounds that she is not a candidate in the election – although it has also been suggested he remains offended by Channel 4 boss Dorothy Byrne's comments, after she called him a "known liar" when she gave her MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival back in August.

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The PM's own father, Stanley Johnson, former Conservative MEP, author and environmentalist, agrees: "It is tremendously important that the whole climate and environment issue be fully aired during the general election. New analysis of the leaked trade talk papers shows that climate change was off the table in discussions with the US. And the reasons behind it hint at why Boris Johnson has refused to appear on Channel 4's climate debate. Social justice group Global Justice Now (GJN) published its analysis of the secret trade talks between the Tories and the US government. Papers for the second working group show that the US would not discuss climate breakdown in any trade negotiations with the UK.

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… US responded emphatically that climate change is the most political (sensitive) question for the US, stating it is a 'lightning rod issue', mentioning that as of 2015, USTR are bound by Congress not to include mention of greenhouse gas emission reductions in trade agreements. This revelation gives a new dimension to Johnson's refusal to appear in Channel 4's climate debate on 28 November. Tonight, the broadcaster will air a debate between all opposition leaders on the climate crisis. A party memo said Johnson refused to take part because he doesn't want environmental issues "siloed". Tonight, Channel 4 will host the first ever election debate on the climate crisis.

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All of the major party leaders have confirmed their attendance, save for Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage. The Brexit party doesn't have a climate platform, so that squares, but Johnson would be a curious absence. The Conservative government recently passed a commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050; the party's manifesto repeats that pledge, and includes new spending for environment and climate policies. But in the UK, since they overwhelmingly supported the 2008 Climate Change Act, the Tories seem to have come around and fully accepted the science. Boris Johnson set to snub election leaders' debate on climate crisis Read more

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