24 Jun 2011

Adrian Ramsay says 'No Nukes!'

Greens say Britain should avoid dangerous nuclear distraction

"Nuclear power creates a toxic legacy of waste and is bad value for money.
Investing the same amount in energy efficiency and renewable energy would
make much more difference more quickly in reducing carbon emissions, making
our energy supply more secure and creating skilled, lasting jobs."

Green Party deputy leader Adrian Ramsay responded to the government's
announcement that up to eight new reactor sites have been designated for
development. Chris Huhne signalled that Britain will be "open for business",
and hopes to attract foreign nuclear investment, despite recent events at
Fukushima and elsewhere.

Mr Ramsay said:

"While the Conservatives and LibDems often talk about being 'the greenest
government ever', the coalition partners show their real priorities with
their policies. Reducing carbon emissions must be a top priority, but this
fixation on nuclear will divert investment away from the real solution -
energy efficiency measures and renewable energy. "

With the recent revelation that three of the four affected reactors at
Fukushima experienced full meltdown, and plants in America being put on
alert or shut down as a result of flooding alongside the Missouri River [1],
the risks involved with nuclear power are being illustrated all too clearly.
And the public is taking notice; Italian voters have overwhelmingly rejected
Silvio Berlusconi's plans to restart the country's nuclear programme [2],
and Germany has committed to closing all of its plants by 2022 [3].

Mr Ramsay concluded:

"There are good reasons why countries across Europe are turning away from
nuclear power and yet the British government is taking us in the opposite
direction. Nuclear power creates a toxic legacy of waste and is bad value
for money. Investing the same amount in energy efficiency and renewable
energy would make much more difference more quickly in reducing carbon
emissions, making our energy supply more secure and creating skilled,
lasting jobs."

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