Lembit Opik hits out at Alok Sharma for still owning diesel car
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Former MP Lembit Opik has blasted the President for the COP 26 environment summit, Alok Sharma, for still owning a diesel car despite the Government’s drive to get people to switch to electric vehicles. Discussing the merits of going green for climate change on GB News, Mr Opik argued it was “ironic” that the minister in charge of delivering the climate conference was unwilling to adopt a non-diesel car himself.
Mr Opik told GB News: “The bottom line here is, as you say, it is totally ironic.
“But it is also incomprehensible Alok Sharma can’t see his way to having an electric car when he is telling all of us to go for the expensive, and very flawed technology I have got to tell you.
“Now I might sound like a voice in the wilderness but I am not sure our 37 million drivers understand the consequences of what the Government is doing.
“And here we have the minister in charge of COP26 who is still driving a diesel car.”
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He added: “I have not got an objection to diesel cars.
But I have got an objection to hypocrisy.
“And that is what we are seeing here.”
Sharma admitted to owning a diesel car during an appearance on BBC Newsnight.
Newsnight: Alok Sharma says he has a diesel car
Grilled by presenter Kirsty Wark on what care he drives, Sharma said: “I actually have a diesel car along with millions of other people.
“I don’t drive it very much.
“I take public transport from Reading into London every day.
“And I can assure you that my next car will most certainly be an electric vehicle.”
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The Tory minister suffered a social media backlash for admitting he did not own an electric car.
One user said: “Has Alok Sharma done anything to offset his carbon footprint after thousands of miles of air travel?”
Another wrote: “Obviously he can afford to buy one. The climate change meeting why aren’t they all doing it online instead of travelling from their country.”
“Do as I say, not as I do. @AlokSharma_RDG can certainly afford an EV & probably claim back the cost and yet HE is doing nothing about it, despite his Government responsibilities,” added someone else.
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