Philip Hammond has today outlined the UK Government's first budget statement since Britain voted to leave the EU. Commenting on the omission of the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon from today's statement, Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Environment William Powell said;
"Climate change is the biggest threat facing our planet. The Welsh Liberal Democrats know that Wales needs to play its part in fighting it.
"Tackling climate change shouldn’t just be seen as an obligation, but more as an opportunity to build a stronger, greener economy here in Wales. With the right ambition, we could lead the way in renewable technologies and in creating a circular economy.
“Today’s announcement will come as a shock to the Swansea region and the industry in Wales. Since 2015 the progress made on green energy schemes by the Liberal Democrats between 2010 and 2015 has been unravelled at an alarming pace. This trend must stop.”
Cllr Peter Black, former South Wales West AM said;
“This project would be the first project of its kind in the world and would significantly drive economic growth for our local communities and our region. Today's announcement is a kick in the gut for our communities and for our environment.
“Tidal energy has the potential to provide hundreds of local jobs and supply energy for 120 years – over three times as long as a nuclear plant - a step we must take if we are to meet our climate change targets.
“For too long the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon has been clouded by uncertainty. This Government must urgently address this uncertainty for communities and industry and make good their commitment to delivering this £1bn investment in South West Wales."
"The Liberal Democrats passionately believe in the Swansea Tidal Lagoon, which is why we secured the project when we were in Coalition and will continue to fight for this world-leading project to be delivered.