A programme of climate change action that a Labour government could implement. Presented by Penny Cole to the Momentum South Tyneside-Real Democracy Movement ‘Make 2019 the year Corbyn becomes PM’ event in South Shields, February 23.
– Halt all public subsidies for oil and gas extraction, including fracking and north sea oil and gas
– Close London’s carbon trade exchange
– In the short term, levy a tax on the Big 6 energy companies, capping their profits and putting the income generated into a transition bank to pay for a rapid – not snail-like – switch to renewables.
– Put together a medium-term strategy to take the Big 6 back into public ownership to facilitate joined-up energy planning, i.e. smart grids, hyper-local energy plans using the nearest most efficient resources to generate power.
– Invest in an emergency fund for insulation, solar panels, ground source heat pumps, etc. as appropriate.
– Strict regulation of all new construction, making them as close to zero carbon footprint as possible.
– Start up funding for workers’ co-operatives to deliver these changes (Cleveland, Ohio); creating thousands of jobs particularly for those formerly employed in the oil and gas industry and coal mining areas.
– Every business required, as part of their annual report, to quantify how they have changed production, buildings, transport and distribution and energy use, to meet carbon reduction targets for their industry, and a tax levied proportional to their failings.
– Rail, air and bus networks into not-for-profit ownership, slashing fares and working towards an integrated transport system
– Cars out of city centres with park and ride, and create public transport/cycle-only boxes in the centre of cities
– Use Uber-type technology not to facilitate more taxi rides, but to support car pools and car sharing schemes
– Set upper limits on total flight miles in and out of Britain and distribute them fairly through an air miles system; halt airport expansion
– Stop plans to build a new generation of nuclear power stations
– Local energy co-operatives not selling power to the grid but using the power to cut bills.
– Support farmers to switch to organic, by ensuring that subsidies focus on environmental and health benefits, and not industrial agriculture
– Farm subsidies for smaller-scale, sustainable farming. Large-scale industrial-type farming can take care of itself!
– Ban neonicotinoinds permanently