22 May 2007
Government nuclear plans will undermine renewables revolution
Speaking ahead of the launch of the Governments energy white paper which outlines plans for a new generation of nuclear power stations, John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, said:
“Nuclear is a tried, tested and failed technology with far higher costs than the renewable alternatives or and energy efficiency measures. In 2002 alone the Government spent £410 million bailing out the nuclear industry and yet the government seems intent on pressing ahead with a new programme of nuclear power stations.
“The Government talks a good talk on renewable energy – however, in reality, every pound we spend on new nuclear power is a pound that could have been spent on clean renewable forms of energy generation.
“The Government must accept that pushing ahead with nuclear power will seriously undermine the potential for an increase in renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.
“We need a white paper that shows the Government are serious about tackling climate change, and delivering a clean, green and safe energy strategy for the decades ahead. The only way to achieve this is by ruling out nuclear power.”
• The Government will tomorrow launch the new Energy White Paper.