Geraint Davies MP calls for Paris Climate Conference to inform EU-US TTIP trade deal - and OECD General Secretary agrees

Geraint Davies Labour MP for Swansea West is at the Globe COP Climate Change Conference with the Environmental Audit Committee to feed in ideas to help avert climate change from global warming.

 

Geraint Davies MP lead adaptation to climate change across Wales as Chair of Flood Risk Management Wales.

Said Geraint

"Having headed up the  Welsh Government investment in flood defences through the Environment Agency I know first hand the imminent threat of climate change to our Welsh communities. I met up with OECD Sectetary General Angel Gurria and support his call for a cut in the $200 billion subsidy to fossil fuels and to switch the focus to renewables which currently receives half that amount. The OECD Secretary General agreed with me that the climate change policies from this weekend need to be built into the free trade deals with the U.S. and Canada - TTIP and Canada - currently being negotiated. "We can't on the one hand agree new measures to reduce climate change then open the door in new trade deals for corporations to fine governments for not implementing fracking!

 

"We need to have joined up policies  so that the environmental needs of the world are built into any new trade agreement with the U.S. that may become the blue-print for world trade. Next week I'm leading a half day debate in Parliament on the U.S. trade deal TTIP and the need to build in the future needs of our shared environment. I'll be reporting the support of the OECD for inclusion of minimum environmental standards in trade deals informed by the Paris Conference."


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