Corbyn’s climate change commitments

JEREMY CORBYN is 32 points ahead of his nearest rival in the race for the Labour leadership.

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The new poll, published in the Times today, follows the publication of the hard-left politician’s environment policy. Here’s a summary of what’s new and what’s not.


1) Same old story

A glance through the eight main priorities for the environment in Corbyn’s campaign shows little new thinking. Commitments to tackle air pollution, create a million green jobs and provide international leadership on climate change have all been made by various leaders.


2) Conservative attack

Next comes an attack on Conservative policy – not the most difficult of tasks given that in the first three months of government the party has killed off nine green policies.


3) Energy the focus

Most of the rest of the document is dedicated to his promise to “lead the energy revolution”. This comes with 10 pledges. As the Greenpeace-owned website EnergyDesk noted, the “picture Corbyn paints is fairly clear: nationalise the big stuff, promote energy efficiency and decentralise power”.


4) Pesticides and Pollock

There’s a nod to the decline in bee populations – and support for the neonicotinoid bans in place – as well as the protection of oceans: “we must … revisit legal limits of fish extractions and fishing protections”. There is nothing on waste or sustainable food.


5) Familiar face

Corbyn has also said this revolution could be led by Ed Miliband, the former Labour leader and DECC secretary of state who has “amazing abilities” on climate and environment issues.


6) A green one-two?

Miliband’s experience has also led some to criticise the party for not saying enough about environmental issues. Angela Eagle, campaigning to be deputy leader of the party, suggested as much in a blog for the Guardian last week. She said that environmental issues must be “central” to the party rather than an afterthought.


7) New approach

What a Corbyn-Eagle partnership would bring is a “seismic shift”, according to the Guardian in the party’s approach to policy. “There has to be an open debate in the party and so I have suggested we do a number of open conventions on the economy, the environment, the constitution, social and foreign policies,” Corbyn told the paper in an interview.