The scientist credited as being the first to convince Tony Blair of the urgency of the climate crisis has accused green activists of being Luddites who risk setting back the fight against global warming.In an interview with the Guardian today Sir David King, who stepped down last month after seven years as the government’s chief scientific adviser, says any approach that does not focus on technological solutions to climate change – including nuclear power – is one of “utter hopelessness”.
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Interview with David King
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Tony Juniper: Today the British government announced its support for a major programme of new nuclear power station construction in the UK. Following a series of mostly sham consultations and a PR campaign from the pro-nuclear lobby, ministers have judged that the moment is right to make one of those “tough decisions” that Gordon Brown periodically talks about. The implication is presumably that because nuclear power is a controversial subject, being tough is a sign of strong leadership. Nothing could be further from the truth. Nuclear is not a tough policy, it is a distraction. Far from showing strong leadership, Gordon Brown’s government is short-changing the British people and putting forward a policy that probably will not be delivered on in any case, potentially leaving us in an even worse position later on.
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Peter Tatchell: Echoing Margaret Thatcher, Gordon Brown insists “there is no alternative” to nuclear power in order to meet the UK’s future energy needs. The announcement that the government is giving the go-ahead to a new generation of nuclear plants is based on this premise. Ministers warn that renewable sources of energy are not able to provide enough electricity to meet our needs. This is nonsense.
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The Tories claimed the programme could be massively expensive as private firms will demand generous subsidies from the state. The cost of decommissioning the stations at the end of their lifespan – which could cost tens of millions of pounds – is also expected to be paid by the taxpayer.
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CALLS have been made for the Government to ensure the planning process for new nuclear power stations would fully consider their local impact.
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BRITAIN is going back to nuclear energy, after the Government gave the green light yesterday for a new generation of nuclear power stations.
However, they will be run by private firms, and nuclear waste could be buried under the sea. [Listen to the recorded Yorkshire Post Debate]
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Letter: No nuclear power stations will be built in England or Wales in the wholesale power market as is. Developers will need assurances about the certainty of power sales. The decision to invest in new plant will be taken on purely commercial grounds, in the continental boardrooms of the utilities that now dominate our energy sector, and will be based on the adequacy of those assurances.
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There’s a new spring in the step of Britain’s nuclear community, a positive glow at the news that the government has made one of the most momentous energy decisions for a generation: that it’s declared atomic power to be back in fashion. As one of the few journalists allowed inside the Sizewell nuclear power station in Suffolk this week, I sensed the relief, even the delight, that long years as the unloved cousins of the country’s electricity generators are over.
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The Prime Minister has explained the Government’s decision to open the way for more nuclear power generation in the UK. Speaking to reporters in Downing Street, the PM said the future of Britain’s energy supplies needed to be secured and made more affordable in light of rising oil prices. The climate change debate had also “informed the decision” to explore the nuclear option, he added.
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French electricity major EDF has stated that it will step up its plans to build a series of four new nuclear plants in the UK, after the British government announced its decision to support the development of a new generation of nuclear power stations. EDF said that it will be using European pressurized reactors (EPR) technology for the proposed plants. The first plant is expected to be complete by the end of 2017.
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French nuclear technology group Areva has announced that the British government’s decision to revive nuclear power in the UK will provide a boost to investments in nuclear power and accelerate the reactor pre-licensing process.
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Letters: Your front-page headline states “Swinney claims nuclear victory”, but it could just as easily read “SNP dodges hard decisions on Scotland’s future energy needs” (January 11). No-one “loves” nuclear power – you never hear anyone saying “A nuclear station at the bottom of the road? Oh, goody!” – but to rule out, forever, the use of nuclear energy as part of the essential mix of energy delivery is reckless and irresponsible in the extreme.
Dan Barlow: Scotland and the rest of the UK could meet their energy needs and combat climate change without resorting to nuclear power. Nuclear is a polluting and expensive distraction from the real action required by politicians to tackle climate change.
Kerr McGregor: John Robertson’s claim that we need nuclear to combat rising fuel prices is nonsense. Nuclear is not cheap. It is very expensive to build nuclear power stations and the price of uranium to run them is increasing. The cost of decommissioning and waste disposal is also rising at a high rate.
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CLAIMS by Alex Salmond that Scotland can generate all the power it needs from non-nuclear sources have been attacked by one of the country’s leading authorities on energy supply. Roger Crofts, who was secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s inquiry into energy issues for Scotland, described the First Minister’s assertion as “disingenuous.” Professor Crofts’ intervention came the day after Mr Salmond claimed that, because the amount of power from renewables has increased and the level from nuclear reduced, nuclear power was no longer essential north of the Border.
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WALES will not know for about a year whether it has a role to play in the Government’s plans for a new generation of nuclear power stations. Wales’ only operating nuclear station, Wylfa on Anglesey, is due to shut in 2010, and Business Secretary John Hutton said yesterday decisions on where ministers want to see the new plants built would not be taken until next year. There is huge local support for a new reactor on the island, with 1,500 people employed at the current site. But many Welsh politicians are vehemently against any expansion of the civil nuclear programme. Unlike the Scottish Executive, the Assembly Government cannot block any new nuclear reactor.
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A new nuclear power station could provide power in the West within a decade after the Government formally backed the idea. Hinkley Point in Somerset is expected to be included in the first wave of a new generation of plants after Business Secretary John Hutton said yesterday the case for them was “compelling”. Inspectors will decide next year whether a new reactor can be built on the Bristol Channel. But a Government-commissioned report has already identified Hinkley as one of the four most likely candidates, along with Sizewell and Bradwell in Essex, and Dungeness in Kent.
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THE announcement of more nuclear power stations – and the obvious implications for Somerset’s Hinkley Point site – drew swift criticism from some quarters. Stop Hinkley, an action group with a long-running opposition to using the Hinkley site as a nuclear power base, spoke out immediately against the decision. Spokesman Jim Duffy told the Mercury he felt a Hinkley Point C would be unpopular in Somerset, while any new station would not be built in time to plug a predicted energy shortfall.
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The Government has paved the way for a new nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point by giving the go-ahead for a new generation of the controversial power stations – but Oldbury is less likely to see a new plant.
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Pete Wilkinson, a Suffolk-based environment consultant and a member of the Government-appointed Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) said the Government had ignored the recommendations of its own committee and pressed ahead with the announcement of a new nuclear building programme. “In short, the Government has wasted time, energy and public money going through the charade of demonstrating that there is a ‘solution’ to nuclear waste and thereby justifying its announcement.” Mr Wilkinson, who is also spokesman for the newly established organisation Nuclear Waste Advisory Associates, said: “There is clearly no currently demonstrable or acceptable scientific, technical or ethical solution to nuclear waste management. Years of intensified research and development and an urgent, independent security review of storage must take place as minimum requirements to give an announcement on new nuclear build even the vestige of legitimacy.”
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Article by Geoffrey Minter: I am a supporter of nuclear power. In a world where supplies of fossil fuels are declining and where demand for energy is growing, it makes sense to find alternative ways of generating electricity. Nor does one have to be convinced that global warming is man-made to accept that reducing carbon dioxide emissions is a prudent step. But bitter personal experience makes me doubtful of the wisdom of Gordon Brown’s commitment to building a new generation of nuclear power stations without a safe waste-disposal solution.
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The UK Atomic Weapons Establishment, which manages the Aldermaston weapons site on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, is set to come under the control of US companies. Fluor and Jacobs, two US engineering groups, have emerged as the only remaining bidders for the government’s one-third stake in AWE, which it put up for sale last summer.
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The company which used to run the Bradwell nuclear power station in Essex is being taken to court over the alleged leak of a radioactive liquid. Magnox Electric is facing a number of charges over possible breaches of the Radioactive Substances Act. The Environment Agency brought the case amid claims that liquid seeped from a decontamination sump between March 1980 and February 2004.
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The prospect of a second Bradwell nuclear station opening was today condemned by some residents. North Essex politicians have welcomed the news, which could pave the way for Bradwell to be operating in ten years. Government backing was yesterday given for a new generation of nuclear plants.
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Heysham could be in the running for a new power station after the Government backed a new generation of nuclear power stations in the UK. The announcement means that British Energy, owners of Heysham One and Two, will look to build more plants, which it says is ‘great news for people of the UK’. And Mark Gorry, station director of Heysham One, says that if Heysham is picked to host a new plant it will be great for locals and the local economy. He told the Citizen: “Heysham is certainly a suitable site and I would love for it to happen. Heysham One is scheduled to close in 2014 and when it closes there will be job losses and so the pros of getting a new one is exciting for the area.”
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NDA officials said there is no reason why West Cumbria should not be a frontrunner in the search to find a nuclear waste disposal site.
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday starts a three-nation tour of Gulf Arab states eager to take up his offer to share France’s expertise in civilian nuclear technology with the Arab world.
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