Emily Thornberry: Britain must be a world leader in all forms of green energy. My first priority would be to end more than a century of dither, and get on with building whichever version of the Severn tidal barrage will generate the most green energy, create the most jobs, and provide the best flood protection to the Somerset levels and beyond, while also having a workable plan to protect wildlife in the Severn estuary. Second, as well as making the Severn barrage the catalyst for an estimated 30 similar tidal power projects around the country to get their own green light, I would replace the previous subsidies available for onshore wind farms and the domestic installation of solar panels, both abolished by the Tories. We must be a world leader in all forms of green energy. Third, I would make clear immediately that a Labour party under my leadership will never vote for a third runway at Heathrow, because it will never meet our environmental tests. Let’s end the pretence that it could. We have emissions targets to meet, and we’re not going to meet them by increasing the amount of air traffic in our country. Investing to save our planet for future generations is the best money we could ever spend. The alternative is unthinkable, and will cost a hell of lot more, in every sense.
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