6 November 2009
Barrett attacks the real cost of nuclear power
John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, has questioned the Government about the real costs of nuclear power.
Mr. Barrett asked the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change “What the Government’s latest estimate is of the costs of disposal of the UK’s current nuclear waste” and received an answer of £12.5 billion.
Speaking after the question session Mr. Barrett said:
“While the Government cites a cost of around £2 billion per plant the true costs will be significantly higher as these leave out the costs of decommissioning and waste removal.
“With the recent news that the Government is considering levying a tax on household bills to help subsidise the energy companies’ costs of building new reactors it is time for supporters of the nuclear industry to admit that current nuclear policy sums just don't add up.
“The fact that the Government is planning on subsidising the construction of nuclear reactors while barely offering incentives for renewable energy start ups show just what a missed opportunity there has been to develop renewables.
“It is high time to look again at current nuclear and renewable options and put the focus and money where it belongs, on finally working to utilise the great potential the UK has in harnessing renewable energy.”