Barry Gardiner

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Barry on Donald Trump and climate change

In reaction to the election of Donald Trump, Barry Gardiner, shadow minister for international climate change said:

"The Paris Agreement on climate change is already ratified. 195 countries have signed it. So even though a Trump administration will present a significant threat to continued action at the federal level in the USA,  it cannot hold back the global tide that is sweeping us to a low carbon future."

“It is for each nation to decide whether they embrace the opportunities that new low carbon technologies bring. I recognise that in the U.K. they represent just 6% of the economy but have provided 30% of the growth in the past few years. Many American states, cities and businesses already recognise these benefits and will continue to regulate against polluting our climate, no matter what the new President may do, because they want to create new jobs and growth by reducing carbon emissions." 

“This week I will be joining other political leaders at the Paris follow-up conference in Marrakesh. I will be working with them to establish our continued commitment to tackling climate change. Together we  must reinforce the importance of international cooperation on this crucial security issue. And in her initial discussions with the President-elect, I will be calling on Theresa May to make clear to Mr Trump that the world expects the USA to stay solidly behind the Paris Agreement.”

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