NEIL HAMILTON AM has penned an open letter to the President of the United States, Donald Trump, following the announcement that the USA is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Change Accords.
Mr Hamilton said that it was ‘futile’ and ‘self-defeating’ to be part of the Accords, citing China and India as two nations which will undo any work done as part of the Accords.
He closes the letter by inviting Mr Trump to Wales during his visit to the United Kingdom later this year.
In the letter, Mr Hamilton writes: “As Leader of the UK Independence Party in the National Assembly for Wales, I congratulate you for announcing your intention to withdraw the USA from the Paris Climate Change Accords.
“You are quite right to put America first. The Paris Accords are futile and self-defeating. They impose massive costs on the USA and UK, whilst allowing some of the worst “polluting” countries to pump out vastly more CO2.
“Even if you accept that mankind has caused the limited global warming recently observed (a debatable hypothesis), the Paris Accords will not lead to a cut in carbon emissions. Quite the opposite – China plans to double its CO2 emissions by 2030 and India will treble hers.
“If we closed down the entire UK economy overnight, the reductions in CO2 emissions would be wiped out by India and China’s increases in a matter of months.
“Thank you for being the first world leader with the understanding and courage to point out that the global warming emperor has no clothes. Thank you for putting the interests of the “ordinary Joe” first. I wish our Government would do the same.”
He continued: “The United Kingdom Independence Party confounded the political elites by bringing about Brexit. Your visionary decision on the Paris Accords gives us the chance to change history again by breaking the consensus on climate change amongst the other main UK political parties.
“Like you, UKIP speaks up for the People against the political elites. We are profoundly grateful to you for your decisive leadership and we are greatly looking forward to your State Visit to the UK later this year. We extend a very warm invitation to you in Wales and hope you may be able to fit in a visit to your fellow Celts here.”
Meanwhile, three leaders – from Plaid Cymru, Welsh Lib Dems and the Greens – have condemned Mr Trump’s decision to pull out of the Accords.
Leanne Wood, leader of Plaid, said the president was ‘deeply irresponsible,’ Mark Williams from the Welsh Lib Dems called it ‘environmental vandalism’ and Grenville Ham, leader of the Greens, said he was ‘repaying political favours’.
RNLI in Wales urges people to stay safe as Storm Brendan hits
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is urging people to stay safe near the Welsh coast as severe weather could make our seas and coastlines particularly dangerous.
Lifesaving charity, the RNLI, is encouraging people to exercise extreme caution if visiting the shoreline, especially along exposed cliffs, seafronts and piers.
The expected strong winds and severe gales pose a severe safety risk to those visiting the coast.
Named Storm Brendan by Met Eireann, it swept eastwards across Ireland before making its way through the rest of the UK this morning with yellow wind warning in place for most of the Welsh coast.
Chris Cousens, RNLI Regional Water Safety Lead for Wales said:
‘This rough weather could make visiting parts of the Welsh coastline treacherous and bring very dangerous sea conditions.
‘Sadly, around 150 people lose their lives on British and Irish coasts each year and over half of these people didn’t plan on ever entering the water. Slips, trips and falls can be a major factor in these kinds of incidents.’
If you see someone else in danger in the water, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. If you have something that floats that they can hold on to, throw it to them. Don’t go in the water yourself – too many people drown trying to save others.
The charity, which provides a search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, is facing its own Perfect Storm as demand for its services has increased but it is facing a shortfall in funds. This past year, the RNLI has been busier than ever, and stormy conditions can mean additional call outs for the already extremely busy volunteer crews. Whatever the weather, RNLI volunteers will still be on call to rescue those at difficulty at sea.
The RNLI’s major new fundraising appeal, The Perfect Storm, which aims to help the charity get back to living within its means, is running throughout November and December. To find out more or to donate visit RNLI.org/ThePerfect Storm.
Are you missing out on a Council Tax reduction?
IF YOU’RE struggling to pay your Council Tax bill, then help could be available for you through the Welsh Government’s flagship Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS).
The scheme, which will continue to support vulnerable households in 2020-21, currently benefits one in five of all households in Wales. In the last year almost 280,000 low-income households have received help from the scheme, with 220,000 paying no council tax at all. Many more receive other discounts or exemptions.
You may be entitled to pay less council tax if:
• you believe you live on a low income
• you live alone, or with people/children who do not pay council tax
• you are a student
• you are disabled
• you are severely mentally impaired
Understanding why there are still vulnerable households not benefitting from the help they are entitled to is a priority for the Welsh Government. Last year we commissioned research to understand the circumstances of households in Wales and the effects of the UK Government’s Universal Credit on the CTRS.
The interim report out today shows that for many households, the move to Universal Credit can have a significant impact on council tax reduction awards. Whilst many households currently receiving a 100% reduction will continue to do so, for others, the move to Universal Credit is shown to have an adverse impact, particularly for employed households, self-employed households, and working households in receipt of a Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.
Full findings of the interim report are available on the Welsh Government website. These findings will now be considered in more detail to inform the next stages of the research and policy development in this area.
Encouraging people to make sure they are not missing out on help they could be entitled to, Finance Minister Rebecca Evans said:
“Ensuring every household in Wales receives the council tax support they are entitled to is an important part of our commitment to making council tax fairer.
“Our scheme is already helping hundreds of thousands of households across Wales, but we know that there are still many missing out on the discounts, reductions and exemptions they are entitled to. I encourage everyone to check the Welsh Government website to find out if they could be paying less.”
Success for Dyfed-Powys Police in targeting drugs suppliers in Ceredigion
A drugs supplier in the Ceredigion area has been sentenced to 2 years and 2 months in prison.
Kylie Mason, 34, from Aberaeron, was arrested on the 28th October 2019, and later charged with 2 offences of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug and two offences of supply a controlled drug of Class A. She pleaded guilty at court and received a total sentence of two years and two months in prison on the 8th January.
Detective Sergeant Steven Jones said: “This is an excellent result for the Aberaeron community, who had raised concerns about this individual supplying drugs in the area. I hope this will serve as a warning to others who wish to bring drugs into the Ceredigion area that it will not be tolerated. This result will go a long way towards keeping our communities safe. If anyone is worried about drugs in their community I would urge them to contact police as we will take the appropriate action.”
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