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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.

Today, I signed the Green Alliance environment pledge.

The pledge has been signed by over 150 other MPs so far from all political parties. The pledge is determined to ensure that law makers are all calling for:

• The UK to be established as a world leader on the environment by committing to match or exceed current environmental, wildlife and habitat protections;
• Ensure the UK leads on climate change by publishing robust low carbon investment plans and ratifying the Paris Agreement this year; and
• Create a countryside richer in nature by supporting farmers and landowners to deliver environmental benefits alongside a thriving farming sector. Read more “Signing the Green Alliance Environment Pledge”