US pushing climate costs on to developing world – Join the protests!

17th September 2014 Socialist Action 0

By Paul Lewis

The run-up to the critical 2015 Paris climate talks begins in earnest this week with the United Nations’ Secretary General’s ‘Climate Summit’ in New York. The likelihood of an inter-governmental deal has improved with the Obama administration bringing the USA properly into the talks. But the price of US participation has been an attempt to remove historic responsibility for causing runaway climate change as the basis of negotiations.

A glimmer of hope from Warsaw – another failed climate summit

4th December 2013 Socialist Action 0

By Christina Prentice

Anyone keeping one eye on the UN climate negotiations in Warsaw could be forgiven for concluding that the, now routine, spectacle of international bickering is messy but, on the whole, is guiding the world to hold back climate change. Politicians attend, they tell the world’s media that there have been difficult negotiations – even staying up all night. And at the last minute a deal is struck and we are told there has been great progress. It’s all a sham of course.

Photo: Monty Rakusen/Science Photo Library

Time to stand up to the Tory war on green investment

15th November 2013 Socialist Action 0

By Christina Prentice

Cameron’s attempt to regain the political agenda over the cost of living crisis by pledging to “roll back green charges” on energy bills was not only cynical but damaging and should be actively opposed.

Cynical because Cameron knows that green and social investment to insulate the leaky homes of older people and people in fuel poverty are not the main drivers of energy bill hikes – gas prices and super profits are. In the last eight years, energy bills have risen by £520.  The Committee on Climate Change says that the vast majority of this has been because of the rising price of gas.  Low carbon technologies have added just £30 in that time.