Prime Minister Boris Johnson has likened himself to a modern-day Moses who has come down with his ten-point climate change plan “from Mount Sinai.”
Speaking at the UK’s Global Investment Summit with tech enterpreneur, Bill Gates, Johnson was full of his characteristic comedic stunts.
In a sharp contrast to the popular “thou shalt not kill” and “thou shalt not steal,” Johnson’s own ten commandments, his self-described “dekalog,” constitutes “driving the growth of low carbon hydrogen” and “investing in carbon capture, usage and storage.”
The Prime Minister, in his address announced a new £400million partnership with Microsoft founder Bill Gates, geared towards supporting green power projects in the UK.
The ultimate goal is to make less environmentally damaging technologies cheaper and more accessible.
Johnson announced to the gathering at the Science Museum in London that the Government had committed £200 million, while Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Catalyst will pitch in another £200 million.
Continuing his comedic remarks, Johnson said someone should “sacrifice a goat to the god of wind” after the UK’s energy crisis was aggravated by paucity of wind power this year.
The PM also said his Government was making “big bets” on electric vehicles, gigafactories for battery production, hydrogen and solar power.
The summit, held to draw international funding for UK projects has in attendance industry leaders representing companies worth a staggering 24 trillion US dollars.
Johnson is looking to drive strong public relations ahead of the COP26 summit being hosted by the UK in Glasgow later this month.
He noted that the “green industrial revolution” has delivered promising results and made the UK a better place to invest in.
Johnson cited the “freedom to deviate from European Union regulations” in the post-Brexit era and the “levelling up” agenda as promising signs why more investors should favour the UK as the destination of choice.
He said billions would be required on green technologies and called on governments and relevant stakeholders to pool efforts and resources to tackle climate change.
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