Amelia Womack: Climate change will get even more expensive

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Deputy leader of the Green Party, Amelia Womack, has said the cost of tackling climate change and dealing with its impacts will continue to rise if policies are not put in place quickly.

It comes as the party revealed a £100 billion a year investment into combating the so-called climate crisis as part of its general election manifesto.

Under the plans, it would borrow £91 billion a year for the next decade for capital expenditure and a further £9 billion a year would be funded through raising taxes, including 24 per cent corporation tax.

Ms Womack defended the high borrowing figures, saying, “that’s how much it costs”.

“When scientists have scrutinised those figures and scrutinised our plans they have effectively said that this stands up to the test and this is a perfectly credible way of dealing with this,” she continued.

Ms Womack also promoted her party’s pledge to reduce carbon emissions to net-zero by 2030, adding: “The climate emergency is at our door.”

“The reality is that when the UN say we’ve got just 11 years to tackle the climate emergency that means that we’ve got to put clear policy in place in the next 18 months and it’s going to be Greens who can do that when elected to Parliament.

“When we look at the economy of this, if we don’t work to direct that now, that’s going to get even more expensive.”

Ms Womack is standing as a Green Party candidate for Newport West alongside Matthew Evans (Conservative), Ruth Jones (Labour), Ryan Jones (Liberal Democrats), Jonathan Clark (Plaid Cymru) and Cameron Owen Edwards (Brexit Party).

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