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The UK Government has embarked on a process of reducing the support given to the solar power industry. This has seen a drastic decrease in the number of solar sites being established compared to years under the old subsidy scheme.

This should worry everyone who wants to see the UK leading the way in tackling climate change. If we do not reduce our dependency on high-carbon fuels and cut our CO2 emissions we will be leaving the planet in a worse state for the next generation.

Solar is a valuable industry and brings with it new highly skilled manufacturing jobs as well. For these two reasons alone the UK Government should rethink their current plans and support solar power.

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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.