One of the Britain’s top spy chief has claimed that the foreign intelligence service MI6 will spy on other nations to check whether they are abiding by their climate change pledges.
Richard Moore, head of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) has indicated that the agency’s “green spying” could target large industrial nations. He also claimed that alleged man-made climate change is “foremost international foreign policy item for this country and for the planet”.
He said that MI6 aims “to shine a light in places where people might not want it shone,” and that the agency hopes to play an active role in addressing the global “climate emergency.”
Breitbart reports: Mr Moore, known as C, told Times Radio according to The Telegraph on Sunday: “Our job is to shine a light in places where people might not want it shone and so clearly we are going to support what is the foremost international foreign policy agenda item for this country and for the planet, which is around the climate emergency, and of course we have a role in that space.”
He added: “Where people sign up to commitments on climate change, it is perhaps our job to make sure that what they are really doing reflects what they have signed up to,” he added.
The remarks come as Britain is set to host the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, in Glasgow, Scotland, in November.
Last week, President of the United States of America Joe Biden announced at a climate summit his pledge to halve emissions by 2030 after rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement shortly after taking office.
While British Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the UK will slash emissions by 68 per cent by 2030 and by 78 per cent by 2035, with Sky News — which hosts the twice-daily-aired climate show every weekday — lauding it as “the most ambitious among leading economies”.
In Biden’s first call to Boris Johnson in November, the pair discussed their “shared priorities”, according to the British prime minister, including “tackling climate change, to promoting democracy and building back better from the pandemic”.
Biden and Johnson have already discussed a “green alternative” to Belt and Road, which would see Western nations fund green infrastructure projects in the third world, to counter Chinese expansionism.
“One of the things I suggested we do is — we talked about China and the competition they’re engaging in the Belt and Road Initiative. And I suggested we should have, essentially, a similar initiative coming from the democratic states, helping those communities around the world,” Biden said of the plans last month.
British intelligence agencies have been increasingly progressive in outlook in recent years. In February, it was claimed that MI6, which is Britain’s equivalent of the CIA, had begun recruiting foreign nationals as spies.