29 November 2005
Nuclear is not the answer
John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, has today pledged to oppose any development of new nuclear power stations in Scotland.
Mr Barrett made the pledge following the Prime Minister’s decision to initiate a further energy review.
In a statement, John Barrett said:
“Nuclear power has too high a cost, both financially and environmentally, for current and for future generations. The nuclear industry has been trying for decades to solve its waste problem but has not yet come up with a credible solution.
“I recognise that we do face a challenge meeting Scotland’s energy needs in the future, but I believe that this should be tackled by a combination of much more efficient use of energy, the harnessing of renewable energy and the use of the new clean technologies available for coal and gas fired power stations.
“Scotland is ideally placed to be at the forefront of renewable energy generation. We have massive natural energy resources in this country, from both wind, and wave. These are sources will not run out and will not leave behind a dangerous and harmful legacy for future generations.
“In a climate where international terrorists seem to stop at nothing, regrettably we have to regard nuclear power stations as possible targets for terrorist action. The risks are simply too high.
“It is clear that Tony Blair has already decided to support more nuclear power stations. But the final decision about new nuclear power stations in Scotland is devolved to the Scottish Executive. The Liberal Democrats in government oppose the development of new nuclear power stations. On cost and waste grounds, nuclear power is not the answer for Scotland.”