The Oxford Momentum/Labour Left group discussed and supported Keir Starmer’s Green New Deal proposals that he introduced at last year’s Labour Party conference at their February meeting. The meeting adopted the resolution below and has appealed for Labour Party branches and GECs to support it.
It is important that these proposals get into Labour’s manifesto and are implemented in full by an incoming Labour government. RGL is therefore calling for the widest support for this resolution inside the Labour Party and amongst affiliated trade unions.
Motion on Labour’s Green New Deal
This branch/CLP recognises that:
- The climate emergency continues to escalate and planetary tipping points threaten
the Earth’s ecosystems with collapse.
- The Tories have turned back to fossil fuel. They have opened up a new licensing round to allow oil and gas companies to boost exploration and production in the North Sea and have approved a new coal mine in Cumbria.
We welcome Keir Starmer’s commitment to making renewable energy a core commitment for a future Labour government and his statement that a rapid transition to renewable energy is crucial in relation to both the climate crisis and the economic crisis.
We endorse his pledges to cut household energy bills substantially and create up to half a million new green jobs by:
- Investing £28bn a year (i.e. 280bn over 10 years) in renewable energy
- Decarbonising the national grid by 2030
- Doubling on-shore wind capacity
- Tripling solar power capacity
- Quadrupling off-shore wind capacity
- Spending £6bn year retro-fitting 19 million homes
- Establishing a National Wealth Fund to facilitate green investment.
We call for these commitments to be included in full in Labour’s manifesto for the next general election with provisions for:
- Ensuring a just transition for all workers, and
- Full public scrutiny at all levels.
We further urge that:
- nationalisation of the oil and gas companies, highly popular with the general public, is added to these proposals;
- nuclear energy is ruled out as very expensive, very dangerous and adding little to solving the climate crisis within the urgent timescale we face.