Rochdale MP, Tony Lloyd, is calling on the government to begin the transition to a fossil fuel-free future by ending further fossil fuel extraction, exploration.
Tony said, “The government is faced with several crises: climate, energy, financial and cost of living.
“Liz Truss seems hellbent on putting the profits of a very few large companies before putting the cost of human life on earth first.
“If her government focused on home-grown renewables and a locally managed home upgrade programme, this would both achieve low energy bills and begin the process of preserving a habitable planet.
“The UK is the holder of the COP Presidency until November this year and we should be sending a clear message to the world’s governments about the importance of ending further fossil fuel exploration.”
Tony is one of over 25 cross-party members to sign a Parliament motion calling on the government to support the Green New Deal Bill which will introduce legally binding targets in line with the UK’s commitment to stay within 1.5 degrees of global heating, reverse inequality, protect and restore nature and the environment.
The motion also calls for the government to manage the economy to enable unprecedented investment in the Green New Deal, end any plans to licence new fossil fuel exploration and new coal mining. It also calls for plans to establish a comprehensive action plan to transform the UK’s energy supply, transport system, farming, land management, homes, buildings, green spaces and the way of working which will create millions of good green jobs across the UK.
Notes for editors:-
• The full text of Green New Deal Bill EDM – including a full list of signatories – can be found here: https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/59709/green-new-deal-bill