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'New nuclear' energy: the great green rip-off

The government has told us that we need more nuclear power stations to combat climate change. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Nuclear power is incredibly expensive and incredibly dangerous. The New Economics Foundation estimates that to pay for building new reactors and processing their waste, nuclear power providers could increase our electricity bills by almost three times the industry estimate. So that's a hike from £45 a quarter to around £100.

Opting for ten new nuclear power plants is a quick fix solution that will leave us with a terrible legacy of cancer-causing radioactive waste that nobody knows what to do with.

If nuclear power is allowed to get a grip on the energy sector now it could kill off any hope of a viable, affordable market in truly renewable forms of energy.

Reports by Greenpeace, the New Economics Foundation, the Sustainable Development Commission, the Centre for Alternative Technology and many other respected organisations have outlined strategies for future energy provision that does not include nuclear power.

WE HAVE TO STOP THIS NOW BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.

We want a future, not a disaster.

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      • KathleenKathleen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is crazy unless the issue of the waste is addressed first. I have children and grandchildren. Is this my legacy to them

      • Dr David WaddiloveDr David Waddilove commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Anyone in government circles notice Japan? Or were they too busy talking to EDF's public relations people at the time? Marketing tsunamis is not responsible.

      • diane jonesdiane jones commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Nuclear energy is just the usual suspects looking to make money in the same totally irresponsible ways. EDF is using abusive means to ensure new nuclear build at Hinkley Point, and claiming it is"renewable".

      • David PoldenDavid Polden commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Nuclear power: dangerous, need to store highly radioactive waste securely for thousands of years, causes cancers in vicinity of nuclear power stations, yields plutonium that is used in nuclear weapons and thus facilitates nuclear weapons proliferation.

      • jfulcherjfulcher commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        for every point made in favour of new build, there are enough against for any reasonable government would take heed of--instead the money and resources are to be wasted on nuclear

      • Herbert EppelHerbert Eppel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        A 750-page book describing the concept of a European renewable energy supergrid, which my translation team translated from an original German research thesis, has just been published by The Institution of Engineering and Technology - see www.theiet.org/books-scenarios
        In this groundbreaking book, energy systems modelling expert Dr Gregor Czisch analyses electricity supply options for Europe and its neighbouring regions. He describes how our electricity supply could be structured in an optimally cost-effective manner largely based on currently available technologies. Czisch proposes that power plant usage and selection be optimised in a manner that takes full account of the availability and intermittency of renewables. To this end, the author provides a number of solutions entailing a wide range of thought-provoking scenarios. Czisch’s visionary study shows that a pan-European renewables-based supergrid using high-voltage DC lines extending into North Africa could supply an area spanning 50 countries with a combined population of 1.1 billion. The author demonstrates that such a supergrid would obviate the need for fossil fuels and nuclear power, and that its costs would be on a par with or perhaps even lower than our current electricity supply system.

      • Johnny Heriz-SmithJohnny Heriz-Smith commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There is no credible strategy for disposing of waste which will remain lethally toxic long after civilization collapses.

      • JILL SUTCLIFFEJILL SUTCLIFFE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        new nuclear power is no solution and BEFORE any new programme is embarked on we have to solve the problem of the legacy wastes....let alone any other long term impacts.

      • Marie ClarkMarie Clark commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Let common sense prevail...by the time these reactors are built the depletion of uranium will be at a crucial point.....uranium isn't sourced here it has to be shipped in (carbon-free?).....these reactors are going to cost....we will also have to foot the bill in the event of a safety issue/disaster......Nuclear isn't enviromentally or financially sustainable....

      • LuciaLucia commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        quoting a poster here but I feel just the same :

        M L Thatcher
        When in the past examination of alternative energies by government set up bodies (supposed independent) which have had on them members of interested parties, who have been members of the nuclear power companies, and have admitted to cooking the books in their favour, you can bet your bottom pound this has not changed much in 30 years or so.

        Just looking at Germany's right moral decision to get rid of all nuclear power and the Japanese disaster, when will OUR Politicians Who we put in power, wake up to the real world we the people live in.

        Why vested interests have sway and their pockets are going to feel lighter, we the people will always be the ones who suffer.

        Just look at the way the present government is acting to handle the financial crisis, as all government's do, they are hit the poorest and disabled rather than those with fatter pockets, because their own vested interested interest come before those of the weakest and most vulnerable in our society.

        Say NO to nuclear power.

      • Mike RigbyMike Rigby commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Great sentiment but please remember that it's not even a 'quick fix' solution as stated in the blurb. It will take at least 10 years before any of the proposed new generation of nuclear power stations is online and it then takes a further ten years for each station to generate sufficient energy to 'pay-back' that used in its construction. The UK desparately needs new energy sources, not just to minimise carbon emissions but just to keep the lights on. The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee estimated that the lights will start going off from 2015 without a crash programme of gas and wind construction. Nothing else is a quick enough fix.

      • tricia rowetricia rowe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We have some fantastic natural resources for generating renewal energy. I live near the Bristol Channel and I strongly believe we should be investing in a tidal barrage to make use of one of the strongest tidal bores in the world instead of building another nuclear station at Hinckley. We should be using the wind, the waves, and solar energy. I'd like to see all properties have some form of natural power generation, be it solar panels, a small wind turbine or ground source heat generation.

      • M L ThatcherM L Thatcher commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When in the past examination of alternative energies by government set up bodies (supposed independent) which have had on them members of interested parties, who have been members of the nuclear power companies, and have admitted to cooking the books in their favour, you can bet your bottom pound this has not changed much in 30 years or so.

        Just looking at Germany's right moral decision to get rid of all nuclear power and the Japanese disaster, when will OUR Politicians Who we put in power, wake up to the real world we the people live in.

        Why vested interests have sway and their pockets are going to feel lighter, we the people will always be the ones who suffer.

        Just look at the way the present government is acting to handle the financial crisis, as all government's do, they are hit the poorest and disabled rather than those with fatter pockets, because their own vested interested interest come before those of the weakest and most vulnerable in our society.

        Say NO to nuclear power.

      • Kate WoodKate Wood commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Nuclear energy is phenomenally toxic, unmanageable, dangerous and expensive. Let's invest in natural sources of energy that are clean, cheap and renewable.
        This beautiful life sustaining planet is our home - lets leave it that way for our children.

      • Dave at Vote For YourselfDave at Vote For Yourself commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I live in Spain, in March 2011 over 40% of all their electricity came from wind/solar and hydroelectric, just 19% came from nuclear - see article:
        http://www.simplynetworking.es​/news-5836-31-alternative_ener​gy_becoming_a_viable_alternati​ve.html

        Chris Huhne is a lying, hypocritical opportunist, so are the other 649 MPs. Let's get rid of them and introduce Direct Democracy via the Internet - here's how:

        If you could Vote For Yourself I am sure that the public would maintain (or even reduce) the existing retirement age. As people retired there would be more job vacancies and this would enable young people to get a start in life. The existing funding for unemployed youngsters (currently wasted) would be spent on pensions instead.

        I am also sure that ordinary people would rather spend the budget allocated for new nuclear power stations to build solar panel factories and to train thousands of the unemployed to install them on every suitable roof to negate the requirement for the power stations.

        Here’s the V4Y campaign on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=112594442103428

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