FM fails to confirm climate emergency will be factor in M4 decision

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Following the declaration of a climate emergency ahead of the Plaid Cymru debate in the Senedd this Wednesday, Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price has said that going ahead with proposed M4 Black route relief road would be incompatible with such a climate emergency.

During today’s First Minister’s Questions, when asked by Adam Price if the declaration of a climate emergency would have a material impact on the decision regarding the M4 relief road, the First Minister failed to confirm that it would be a consideration.

Speaking in the Senedd, Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price AM said:

“Most people will be reasonably of the view that yesterday’s announcement will be incompatible with any subsequent decision to plough ahead with the environmentally destructive M4 Black Route.

Mr Price asked the First Minister: “Can you confirm that the declaration of a climate emergency, if it is of any substance, is a change in policy which will be a new and materially relevant factor in your decision-making on the M4, and have you asked officials for additional advice on this basis?”

The First Minister failed to respond to the substance of the question.

Yesterday, Plaid Cymru set out that the declaration of a climate emergency should not “be more empty grandstanding from Labour.” Shadow Environment Minister Llyr Gruffydd AM said:

“This must now mean a real and immediate commitment to tackling climate change head on with concrete action and the political will to see it through. This includes scrapping the environmental disaster that is the M4 Relief Road, divesting from fossil fuels, and ensuring that sustainability and climate is a part of the new curriculum.  Otherwise this declaration will mean nothing at all.”

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