The minister delivered a statement today on the UK Government’s approach to tackling climate change and renewable energy.
This week is being called ‘Green Britain’ week by the UK Government, but it also the very same week they have allowed fracking to recommence in Lancashire.
Luckily for us, the Welsh Government has put a moratorium on fracking in Wales meaning we will not see its impact in our communities.
This all feeds into the recent reports that we have only 12 years left to stop global temperatures rising to levels that we can no longer control. Human carbon emissions are causing climate change and it is for humans to fix the problem.
That is why I pressed the minister as to why she is cutting the support for our solar industry when we need to be expanding it. The tariff cuts were announced several years ago and will be implemented shortly. I was disappointed that the minister couldn’t give a clear response instead stating that she will return to the House at a later point.
We cannot afford to lose any more years in the battle against climate change and the UK Government need to take action today, not tomorrow.
The announcement by the UK Government to cancel the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon is a massive blow for South Wales. The independent Hendry Review concluded that this project was in the national interest and should go ahead. The collected evidence from experts and decided that this is the best way to secure our energy in the future. But the UK Government decided to ignore experts – something they have a habit of doing – and scrap the investment in South Wales.
But this has ramifications for us in North Wales as well. That’s why, on Thursday, Colwyn Bay tidal lagoon would see £7bn direct investment in North Wales and is estimated to support 20,000 jobs. Not only would this be an economic boon for our communities, but it would ensure we become a powerhouse of green technology in the UK and the rest of the world.
The minster talked of the Swansea Bay scheme not being value for money, comparing it with the nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point. But she needs to remember that low carbon renewable energy may be more expensive in the short-term but this is a never depleting resource and will ensure we are self-sufficient on energy for generations to come. As the world becomes a more volatile place I want to see more energy produced at home.
I have joined 106 other MPs to sign a letter to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary of State Greg Clark calling for the Government to respond to the recommendations of the Hendry Review on Tidal Lagoons, and in particular Charles Hendry’s call for a pathfinder Tidal Lagoon, as soon as possible.
The Hendry review took place primarily to investigate if the UK Government should be actively supporting this new green energy resource. The report focused on the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon, but it will have positive implications for Flintshire and north Wales.
The Hendry review made 30 conclusions, including: Read more “Tidal Lagoons”
Today, I attended a parliamentary reception held by MHI Vestas where I signed a section of blade material that will be manufactured into a blade and installed into Liverpool Bay, and is serviced by its base in Mostyn.
Offshore wind energy has been a rapidly growing industry in North Wales, and Delyn has been able to directly benefit from its growth. Mostyn is the base for the engineers who are responsible for maintaining the wind turbines that are based offshore.
The wind farm provides apprenticeships for many young people in Delyn. Providing them with decent, well paid, jobs with a long term career. Read more “Supporting Offshore Wind Farming”