Geraint Davies, MP for Swansea West, today challenged the Government in Parliament during Prime Minister’s Question Time, following the decision to give hydraulic fracturing (fracking) energy production the go-ahead in the UK.
Speaking in Parliament, Geraint Davies said, “Satellite data shows that 6% of methane from fracking is leaked through fugitive emissions. Given that methane is 86 times worse than CO2 for global warming over a 20 year timeframe, will he [the minister] support the Council of Europe’s call for the banning of fracking, or at least a maximum of 0.1% fugitive emissions at the well-head?”
Geraint’s question follows last week’s decision by the Parliamentary Assembly to the Council of Europe, which represents 47 countries, to unanimously approve a report set out by Geraint Davies who is Rapporteur for Fracking on the Council of Europe, said, “It is a great shame that the UK Government is choosing to ignore the environmental evidence as well as the voice of local communities who oppose fracking.
“For the sake of our planet, our health and future generations, we must end our reliance of fossil fuels. 75 per cent of identified fossil fuels cannot be used if our Paris climate change pledges are to be honoured. Theresa May must listen to communities and scientists who oppose fracking in Lancashire, which the Government has given the go-ahead. Not doing so will undermine the UK’s climate change commitments made at the COP21 Conference in Paris last year.”
I've been supporting the Swansea Tidal Lagoon as MP for six years and it's time for action. George Osborne highlighted it in his 2013 Autumn Statement and now three years in the Government has done nothing but have another review.
The Hendry Review confirms the project is technically sound and will have falling costs per unit of electricity as bigger Lagoons follow. As 75 per cent of fossil fuels can't be used, if we are to avoid temperatures rising beyond the 2 degree limit agreed in Paris COP21 Climate Change, we can't use current oil prices to judge Lagoon energy value for money.
Already it looks better value than Nuclear that has concerns over radioactive waste and if the world uses nuclear for 12.5% of its needs we would run out of uranium in 10 years.So we must push ahead with green energy like Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.
It would be good for jobs, good for the environment and good for U.K. Energy security. Fracking is no alternative as it involves 6 per cent of methane being leaked, according to latest US satellite data, which means it's twice as bad for climate change as coal. That's because Methane is 86 times worse than C02 for global warming. This means fracking is not the answer and we need green energy like Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon for our future needs.
It's important to act to maintain global leadership of these new technologies and put Swansea and Wales at the front of the race towards a sustainable future.
Swansea MP Geraint speaks at COP22 Climate Change Conference to promote clean air and oppose fracking
Geraint Davies MP this month represented the Council of Europe with John Prescott, who led the landmark Kyoto negotiations, at the COP22 Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco.
The Conference follows from and builds on last year’s landmark climate change agreement in Paris, in which the UK committed to a new deal on greenhouse gas emissions.
Geraint Davies said, “I attended the COP22
conference because climate change is one of, if not the, biggest threat to humanity, and will undoubtedly hit the poorest hardest.
As Rapporteur on Fracking at the Council of Europe, I warned of the dangerous consequences of the practice, which is 2.5 times worse than coal for climate change.
“I also spoke on my new Clean Air Bill, introduced this week in Parliament, since 8 million people die a year as a result of global emissions. The President of the Inter Parliamentary Union is studying my Bill with the view to achieve action on this issue across different countries.
“COP22 is about implementing the Paris 2015 strategies to help keep global temperature rises below 2 degrees per annum. Otherwise we face irreversible climate disaster, species loss, mass migration, water shortages and war.
“The Government, despite signing last year’s climate change agreement, has repeatedly failed on environmental issues. Theresa May has given fracking companies the go-ahead to operate in the UK, despite clear evidence that this does more damage to climate change than burning coal, and clear opposition from local communities including Swansea. I wanted to use my place at COP22 to fight for a renewed commitment to fighting climate change, using the latest technology and research, including supporting forests of solar panels in Morocco in order to feed renewable energy into the European grid, and to protect our planet for future generations.”
Today I met with the White Ribbon Campaign UK, a global movement to help end male violence against women.
It’s not acceptable that in the UK, on average, two women are killed by their partner or a former partner every week. It needs to stop. I support the White Ribbon Campaign to take a stand against all male violence against women and girls and to encourage other men and boys to do the same.
Today I pledged to become an ambassador for the campaign, to help inform men and boys how they can play a role in reducing male violence against women through changing attitudes and culture. It’s important that men and boys realise that male violence against women and girls is predominantly a male issue. Some men and boys don’t realise that language that denigrates, belittles or disempowers women is part of the problem. It’s the responsibility of us all to prevent violence, to know how to help, and to encourage other men and boys to treat women and girls with respect. I look forward to speaking to Swansea schools on this vital issue.
The Government's management of rail electrification to Swansea has received a damning report from the spending watchdog the National Audit Office.
Delays in rail electrification are between 18 months and 3 years with cost over-runs of £2 billion or 70 per cent. This is due to bad cost and operational management. It is essential that the electrification to Swansea is not threatened by the Government's incompetence. Swansea will be hit hard if Brexit goes ahead as 25,000 people in Swansea Bay have jobs linked to exports to the EU which will face trade tariffs.
In addition, Swansea will lose hundreds of millions of pounds of EU funding if and when we leave the EU. That means it's crucial that the Conservatives honour their promise to extend rail electrification to Swansea so we are part of the Europe-wide electrified rail network. If we are left out it will hit inward investment and jobs in Swansea Bay. Swansea jobs and prosperity must not be the price paid for Conservative incompetence in planning and implementing rail electrification.