News June 2006

30 June 2006

New nukes

The Sustainable Development Commission said the nuclear option “won’t get us anywhere near tackling the UK’s energy and climate change crisis”. Its chairman called for more efficient homes and less wasted power. “The government has been so busy trying to make the case for nuclear power it risks overlooking the much bigger challenges facing the UK today,” Jonathan Porritt said.BBC 30th June 2006

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29 June 2006

New nukes

PLANNING laws and energy market rules will be changed to help the nuclear industry build new plants, the government signalled yesterday. Alistair Darling, the Trade and Industry Secretary, also began preparing public opinion for a new wave of nuclear power stations, warning that, without them, Britain could be at risk of power shortages or blackouts.Scotsman 29th June 2006Edinburgh Evening News 28th June 2006

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28 June 2006

New nukes

A new generation of nuclear reactors could receive approval in about half the time it took to gain consent for Sizewell B, the last nuclear station to be built in Britain, according to government safety experts. In a submission to the energy review to be published today, the Health & Safety Executive said that the process of licensing …

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27 June 2006

New nukes

Labour MPs vowed last night to make nuclear energy an issue in the forthcoming leadership election after the Cabinet gave the go-ahead for a new generation of nuclear power stations. The cabinet committee overseeing the issue approved the inclusion of nuclear power in the energy White Paper to be published this month. The review under Malcolm Wicks, the Energy minister, is also expected to recommend streamlining …

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26 June 2006

New nukes

Ministers are today expected to give approval to a new generation of nuclear power stations for Britain. Reports suggested yesterday that the cabinet’s Energy and Environment Committee – chaired by Tony Blair and attended by senior ministers including Gordon Brown, Alistair Darling, the Industry Secretary, and Douglas Alexander, the Scottish Secretary – will put the final touches to the government’s recommendations in its energy review. …

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25 June 2006

New nukes

Britain will enter a new nuclear age this week as ministers approve the latest generation of atomic power plants and MPs clear the way for a replacement for Trident. The Independent on Sunday can reveal that tomorrow the Cabinet’s Energy and Environment Committee will take the crucial decision to build new nuclear power stations for the first time in 20 years. This will be followed on Friday …

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24 June 2006

London

Londoners are becoming more concerned about the dangers of climate change – but most don’t believe nuclear power is the answer.The Londoner July 2006

It’s crazy to consider building new reactors – they are expensive and dangerous, says, Professor Barnham, emeritus professor in physics at Imperial College, at the University of London, who has spent the last 30 years developing solar power technology. And he …

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23 June 2006

Nuclear Weapons

Holyrood Sketch: The author of The Red Book on Scotland, the chosen one, favours a new generation of nukes? He will happily spend £25bn (and then some) just to lease the latest in American missiles? You could almost picture the Labour thought-bubbles: voters aren’t going to like this.Herald 23rd June 2006

Pressure was mounting at Westminster last night for MPs to have the final say …

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22 June 2006

Trident

Gordon Brown yesterday sprung a surprise – and asserted his growing authority as prime minister-in-waiting – by unexpectedly announcing that he is committed to ensuring Britain retains its independent nuclear deterrent, a move that could cost the taxpayer between £13bn and £25bn.Guardian 22nd June 2006Times 22nd June 2006Independent 22nd June 2006Daily Mail 22nd June 2006FT 22nd June 2006

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21 June 2006

New nukes

NUCLEAR power stations are economically viable without government guarantee or subsidy, the chief executive of British Energy claimed yesterday. The head of the company that supplies a fifth of Britain’s electricity said that the cost of replacing ageing nuclear generators was highly competitive compared with funding new gas powered stations, lean coal stations and other technologies, including some sources of renewable power.Times 21st June

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