Responding to the news that Coal Action Network has lost their judicial review to halt plans to expand the Aberpergwm coal mine, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds MS said:
"This is extremely disappointing news and a blow to the fight against climate change.
"If we are to tackle the climate emergency coal needs to stay in the ground.
"Just this week the World Meteorological Organisation warned we are now likely to breach a 1.5°c rise by 2027.
"We cannot afford to extract 40 million more tonnes of coal.
"The Welsh Liberal Democrats are the only Party who have fought against this expansion and we will continue to do so.
"I will continue to use my voice to call on the Welsh and UK governments to step in and block this expansion. Our future generations depend on it."