Monday, 4 June 2018

Climate action plan

There is much discussion of the imminent government pronouncement on Tidal Lagoon Power's plans for Swansea Bay. One can understand the government's reluctance to accept TLP's initial bid - the proposed strike price was higher even than the already exorbitant Hinkley nuclear strike price. There are also environmental objections from Cornwall and queries about the accuracy of TLP's estimates. TLP's response is that they are ready to negotiate a lower price and clear other remaining doubts, but the government has refused to enter a dialogue with the company.

Lagoon or no lagoon, climate change is inexorable. Last month was the hottest May since official records began in the UK, the latest in a string of records. Climate Local is an English Local Government Association initiative, which 96 local authorities have signed up to. There is no equivalent in Wales, but in view of recent flooding events in both south and north Wales it is surely something the WLGA should look at seriously.

Neath Port Talbot is as susceptible as any Welsh council area to the effects of climate change. Manchester, Leicester, Bristol, Brighton and Hove, Braintree in Essex and the city of York all have Climate Action Plans (or the equivalent). We should have one, too.

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