11 July 2006
Nuclear ‘not the answer’ – Barrett
Speaking following the Government’s release of the long-awaited Energy Review, John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, said:
“Just two years ago in its last Energy Review this Government seemed to rule out nuclear power as a credible option. Not only was that the correct judgement then, but it remains so today.
“There is a real danger that the Government’s support for nuclear power will now make it far more difficult for renewable energy projects to attract the funding they need.
“Scotland has the unique opportunity to be at the forefront of renewable energy generation. We have massive natural energy resources in this country, from both wind, and wave. The one thing which would squander this opportunity would be to allow investment to be diverted to building expensive new nuclear power stations.
“The Government speaks of building new nuclear power stations but claims that they will have to be self financing. If they are to pay the full costs of clean up and decommissioning then nuclear power will be expensive. Alistair Darling must come clean and tell us who is to pay for this.
“Nuclear power is simply not the answer to Scotland’s future energy needs. Scotland can be the renewables powerhouse of Europe but we will only make that a reality in a nuclear free Scotland.”