THE government seems to have set its sights only on the next couple of years, and a possible election battle, if its two most recent environment related decisions mean anything.

Not only has it agreed to promote the third runway at Heathrow, but it has also withdrawn support from the plans to build a tidal lagoon renewable energy system in Swansea Bay. It reckons that it would cost too much, while at the same time agreeing to support further remarkably expensive nuclear power stations built by China, France, Japan and the USA.

It means there will be a significant increase in flying related CO2, from the extra 700 plus daily flights, more than 250,000 annually, while refusing to become the world leader in the first of many possible CO2 free tidal energy developments.

With our indented island coast line, maritime history, general industrial and technical knowledge and skills we could become the world leader in developing a new CO2 free, highly dependable and predictable electricity production.

Additionally because it’s really just an extension of traditional marine wall building, with well understood electrical technology, it can be built quickly in just a couple of years or so compared with new nuclear power stations that seem to struggle well into their second decade of construction.

While the Swansea scheme would provide power for up to 200,000 houses, at a cost of just over one billion pounds, half a dozen similar additional sites around the western coast would produce power at different times of the day depending on the tides, with their total cost being less than the foreign built nuclear station on Anglesey or the Heathrow runway.

The nuclear option also has future costly decommissioning problems while the lagoons would be built with British technology, labour and capital and have an impressive influence on the local tourism, employment and sporting opportunities.

Wales deserves them.