Climate change

In the lead-up to the EU referendum Molly highlighted the important role the EU plays in setting emissions targets and delivering action to tackle climate change. The EU was instrumental in the success of the Paris Agreement on climate change and Molly was able to vote in favour of this historic agreement in the European Parliament. Ahead of climate negotiations she commissioned a report exploring ways to control carbon emissions.

As an economist and member of the Economics and Monetary Affairs Committee Molly has done a lot of work around ‘climate finance’ challenging the European Investment Bank on the risks of the ‘carbon bubble’ urging it to divest from carbon intensive assets. She has warned that the overvaluation of oil, gas and coal – fossil fuel assets which scientists say must remain unexploited if global warming is to be limited below 2°C – could lead to a new financial crisis.

Molly has been the only South West MEP to strongly oppose fracking and has challenged other South West MPs and MEPs to follow the Greens in supporting a ban on all shale gas exploration. She has championed divestment and for all further fossil fuel reserves to be left in the ground.  Molly has called on the government to follow the European Parliament’s progressive approach, acknowledging investments in pension and investment funds can be a powerful tool in driving social, environmental and economic change.

News

Molly refers FlyBe rescue package to EU competition commissioner over potential breach of state aid rules - 16 January 2020

Greens welcome EU Parliament vote for Green Deal - 15 January 2020

Green MEP condemns plan to reduce Air Passenger Duty to save FlyBe - 14 January 2020

Molly to host roundtable event to explore how land use can tackle climate emergency and address loss of wildlife - 27 November 2019

Greens welcome beginning of the end of public funding for fossil investments - 15 November 2019

Articles

Between a rock and a hard place - 21 January 2020

The last thing the government should do is throw a lifeline to Flybe - 15 January 2020

Brexit, environmental law and the level playing field - 16 October 2019

I'm an MEP who travels via train and ferry instead of flying - it has opened up exciting adventures - 30 August 2019

Stop Brexit to save farmers and the planet - 25 August 2019

Reports

Rich Earth - 20 February 2019

Energy Isolationism: How the UK is sailing into the wind on energy policy - 15 June 2018

Devonport: From Trident jobs to green employment - 16 November 2016

Controlling Carbon - 21 October 2015

Green Money: Reclaiming Quantitative Easing - 15 June 2015

Letters

Finland shows us what happens when a country embraces a proportional voting system - 13 June 2019

Letter on student strikes over climate - 14 February 2019

Letter to Trade Commissioner and Commission President on exploitation of Amazon reserve - 5 September 2017

European Central Bank: fossil fuel assets and investments - 18 December 2016

Unsustainable consumption of animal-based food - 16 November 2016

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