The UK can meet its future energy needs and reduce climate polluting emissions, without resorting to nuclear power, according to a new report. The document commissioned by conservation organisation WWF, “The Balance of Power” by independent consultants ILEX, shows that by increasing renewable energy and cutting energy waste the power sector could actually reduce emissions by 55% by 2025.
Ananova 9th May 2006
ONE of the world’s biggest chemical companies has offered to part-finance the first in a new generation of nuclear power plants in the North-East, The Northern Echo can reveal. Last night, Huntsman confirmed it could help offset the £1bn building cost by signing a 20-year power deal. The move would give any potential builder of a new nuclear power station in Hartlepool a guaranteed income for two decades. Huntsman’s offer has been passed to Nuclear Power Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks.
Northern Echo 8th May 2006
The Big Question: Is Iran developing a nuclear bomb, and if so, should it be stopped?
Independent 9th May 2006
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, sent a letter yesterday to George Bush – the first such communication for 27 years – offering an analysis of global issues and “new ways of getting out of the current delicate situation in the world”. The US last night rejected the letter as having no relevance. A US state department spokesman said: “Nothing in the letter addresses the issues on the table between Iran and the world, whether on the nuclear issue, terrorism or human rights.”
Guardian 9th May 2006
A letter sent by Iran’s president to the American government attacks the US on several points foreign policy of foreign policy but fails to set out proposals for resolving nuclear tensions.
Telegraph 9th May 2006
Iran’s national security supremo Ali Larijani urged the West to confine the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear programme to the watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) rather than hauling the country before the UN Security Council.
Interactive Investor 8th May 2006
NEW Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett will join talks in New York today on the Iran nuclear crisis. Just three days into her new job, Ms Beckett will be plunged into the diplomatic maelstrom at the meeting aimed at finding a common approach towards Tehran.
Edinburgh Evening News 8th May 2006
The Government’s sell-off of the nuclear industry is to start firing up as plans emerge for the disposal of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), a specialist in decommissioning reactors, and Urenco, the nuclear fuel company.
London Evening Standard 8th May 2006
Community representatives in west Caithness have generally welcomed the latest proposals by the government committee charged with advising what to do with the UK’s mounting stockpile of radioactive waste. CoRWM’s new report received a broadly favourable response when it was discussed at the latest meeting of Caithness West Community Council, whose patch includes the Dounreay atom plant. Chairman Bill Brown said: “They seem to be going on the right lines.” Highland councillor Alastair MacDonald said CoWRM has made clear its support for benefits going to communities willing to site the underground repository. He said: “It’s got to go somewhere and if the right package is presented there may well be areas that are happy to accept it, bearing in mind the benefits that may go with it.”
Aberdeen Press and Journal 8th May 2006
ROBOTIC Technology Systems, the high-tech Salford-basd engineering company has unveiled plans to demerge its fast-growing nuclear business.
Manchester Evening News 8th May 2006