Letter: We face a global crisis because of greenhouse gas emissions. The science is clear so please, no excuses, no denials! Our society is dependent on fossil fuels, yet the scientific consensus and the direct experience of people around the world is that the consequences of the emissions from burning them are already disastrous and will in future be catastrophic. There is a strategy that can meet this challenge and reinvigorate Wales in the process – it is to future-proof all policies, initiatives and planning guidance by making energy-use reduction and energy efficiency the priority, by making 100% renewable low-emissions energy generation our target, and by maximising energy self-sufficiency by 2035. The March 2016 Report of the National Assembly’s Environmental and Sustainability Committee “A Smarter Energy Future for Wales” was a positive and vital step, but in omitting transport is incomplete. We would draw your attention to a comprehensive renewable energy transition strategy called Re-Energising Wales, currently being planned out and fully costed by the Institute of Welsh Affairs. It’s an ambitious and complex plan and it will touch virtually every aspect of our lives – but it is possible to implement.
Wales Online 25th May 2016 read more »