Labour is set to release a policy paper outlining how it will transfer the UK’s National Grid to public ownership. In its paper, the party says the Grid – a public limited company which is listed on two stock exchanges – will be run by a new National Energy Agency. Labour says public ownership – majority or controlling shareholding by the government – would lower bills for consumers. It would also accelerate efforts to tackle climate change. The policy paper says that the grid should “ensure access to electricity and heat as a human right”. The new energy agency will be tasked with delivering a target of 60% of energy from low carbon or renewable sources by 2030. It will also be responsible for the rollout of the UK’s electric vehicle charging network and development of energy storage capacity.
BBC 28th March 2019 read more »
Caroline Lucas: Faced with unprecedented challenges, politicians appear more divided than ever – that’s why Labour’s Clive Lewis and I are doing something bold. We are jointly tabling a bill in parliament designed to address two of the greatest threats we face – climate breakdown and spiralling inequality. Our bill would introduce a “green new deal” – an unprecedented mobilisation of resources invested to prevent climate breakdown, reverse inequality, and heal our communities. It demands major structural changes in our approach to the ecosystem, coupled with a radical transformation of the finance sector and the economy, to deliver both social justice and a livable planet. It’s an idea congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has recently reinvigorated in the US. And it could scarcely be more urgent. The UN’s top scientists have warned we have just 11 years to halve global emissions and avoid climate catastrophe. Global wildlife populations have collapsed by nearly 60% in our lifetimes. This has led 1.4 million young people to join the inspiring global school strikes movement to demand change. The response from ministers? To continue to force fracking on local communities, and to hand millions in tax breaks to the fossil fuel industry. Last week, unbelievably, a new coal mine was given a green-light on their watch.
Guardian 27th March 2019 read more »