America is our friend and one of our closest allies. Our two peoples share so many common interests. On climate change this is no different. Seven out of every ten American voters and a majority in every US state support the Paris Climate Deal, according to recent surveys. It’s only the tweeter in the White House and his alt-right extremists that are pushing American isolationism.
I support the very significant commitments from the many US states like New York and California (which alone would make up the world’s fourth largest economy) to continue to work towards the Paris goals. It is grassroots, local city, and state initiatives that have historically pushed US environmental policy forward. I’m sure this will be the same again. You know when the ex-CEO of large oil producer Exxon Mobil backs the Paris deal – even whilst Secretary of State – the momentum is with us!
Liberal Democrats strongly believe in the need to co-ordinated international action against climate change.
I am very grateful to have the support of our local Green Party in this election.
We think that, rather than sycophantic hand-holding from Theresa May, Trump needed some hard truths from his closest ally. This is not about putting any country first, this about the future of all the world’s children and grand-children. Alas, as in Wednesday’s debate – Theresa May was missing in action.
Our manifesto makes a strong argument for a green and sustainable economy and society:
- Support the Paris agreement by ensuring the UK meets its own climate commitments and plays a leadership role in international efforts to combat climate change;
- Introduce a Green Transport Act and Air Quality Plan to help prevent 40,000 premature deaths a year by cutting air pollution;
- Expand renewable energy, aiming to generate 60% of electricity from renewables by 2030, restoring government support for solar PV and onshore wind in appropriate locations;
- Oppose ‘fracking’ because of its adverse impact on climate change, the energy mix, and the local environment;
- Set legally binding natural capital targets, including on biodiversity, clean air and water
- Ensure that 4 million properties receive insulation retrofits by 2022, prioritising the fuel poor; and
Keep high standards of animal welfare, safety, and environmental care in agriculture.
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