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18 January 2006

Nuclear is not the answer for Scotland

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, today pledged to oppose any development of new nuclear power stations in Scotland.

Speaking following a Westminster debate on Nuclear power Mr Barrett called on the government to show greater ambition and invest more in renewable energy sources rather than on an expensive next generation of nuclear power stations.

An Ipsos MORI survey published this week found that the majority of people believe that promoting renewable energy sources and reducing energy use through lifestyle changes and energy efficiency are better ways of meeting our energy needs than nuclear power.

Speaking following the debate in Parliament, 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.

“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.

“If only half the amount of public money spent on nuclear had been invested in renewable technologies and energy efficiency measures, the UK would not be facing an energy shortfall, and we would be in a far better position both economically and environmentally.

“This is typical of a Labour government who talk a good talk on the environment only to fail time and time again on the issues that really matter. Whether it is missed emission targets, abandoned promises on recycling, or the current re-think on nuclear power, Labour is simply not doing enough to protect our environment for future generations.

“I have launched a poll on my website so that local people can give me their view on the issue of nuclear power.”

Notes

· Details of the Ipsos MORI survey can be found at:
http://www.edie.net/news/news_story.asp?id=10975&channel=0

· John Barrett will today launch a new online poll on nuclear power on his parliamentary website.

· Mr Barrett was speaking following a Liberal Democrat opposition day debate on Civic Nuclear Power yesterday evening in the House of Commons.

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