News September 2015

30 September 2015

Hinkley

UK government should rethink its current Hinkley Point nuclear deal with French and Chinese and seek faster, cheaper power using Japanese technology, according to Institute of Directors chairman Lady Barbara Judge. In a wide ranging interview in this month’s Infrastructure Intelligence magazine, Judge, former chairman of the UK Atomic Energy Authority and now a member of the ACE advisory board, highlighted that is was unlikely Hinkley Point would deliver the UK’s next nuclear power station and called for a rethink.

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29 September 2015

Bradwell

Let me offer a perspective on the chancellor’s visit to China last week that may not immediately have occurred to you: that of the bivalves of the Blackwater estuary in Essex. The native, or Colchester, oyster has had a hard time lately but it was one of the reasons why Julius Caesar thought these islands worth invading. Those that are still hanging on there enjoy a degree of protection as a threatened species. What has the oyster to do with …

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28 September 2015

Hinkley

Christopher Booker: Two bizarre interviews last week again highlighted how woeful has been much reporting on the costliest engineering project Britain has ever embarked on. Their cue was George Osborne’s announcement that UK taxpayers are to “guarantee” £2 billion of the money paid to firms owned by the Chinese and French governments, to build in Somerset the most expensive nuclear power station in the world. Although it was originally claimed that Hinkley Point C would cost only £10 billion and be …

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27 September 2015

Bradwell

A PEACEFUL protest including a flotilla of boats will be held on Mersea Island by campaigners fighting against a new nuclear power station at Bradwell. Campaign groups are joining forces for the Fight Against Bradwell – Fab. spokesman for the group said: “Amid growing fears Bradwell is about to be handed over to the Chinese to build a new nuclear power station, people of the local communities, including Mersea Island and Maldon areas, are uniting. “With a Chinese delegation, including …

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26 September 2015

Hinkley

Nuclear power returned to the top of the political agenda this week when George Osborne used his visit to China to underline the government’s determination to push through the Hinkley Point C power station project. There are expectations that the energy company behind the proposed plant, EDF of France, will announce a final investment decision on the £24.5bn scheme during the visit of Chinese premier Xi Jinping to London next month. Beijing holds the key to Hinkley because state-controlled EDF …

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Does anyone still think Hinkley C is a good idea?

Over a month ago the Stop Hinkley Campaign asked if there is anyone left who still thinks Hinkley Point C is a good idea – apart from EDF and George Osborne of course?

Stop Hinkley spokesperson, Roy Pumfrey said:

The critical comments have been coming thick and fast over the past few years– including from utility chiefs, City analysts, the Chancellor’s father-in-law and a former Tory Chancellor. How many more nuclear supporters have to stand up against this scheme, which has

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25 September 2015

Hinkley

It is the costliest white elephant in history. No power station, perhaps no building, so expensive has ever been built anywhere. In a modest meadow overlooking the Bristol Channel is to rise a structure that will outstrip in extravagance the Three Gorges dam, St Peter’s Basilica, the Taj Mahal and probably the pyramid of Cheops. It is to be built – you guessed it – by the British taxpayer. You can accuse George Osborne of many things but not of …

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24 September 2015

New Nukes

The UK government and its Chancellor George Osborne are grossly misleading the public over the relative costs of renewable energy and nuclear power, writes Oliver Tickell. Osborne’s claim that nuclear is the ‘cheapest low carbon technology’ is the very reverse of the truth. He and his nuclear plans must be stopped. Take that figure of £80 per MWh for the bids to build onshore wind farms in the UK earlier this year. It’s actually a whole lot higher than …

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23 September 2015

Hinkley

Campaigners trying to stop a nuclear generator being built in Hinkley in Somerset have written to David Cameron. The Stop Hinkley Campaign has urged the Prime Minister to end co-operation with China, claiming recent explosions in the country have highlighted its poor health and safety record.

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22 September 2015

Hinkley

Today’s announcement of a £2 billion government guarantee for Hinkley C confirms that Chancellor George Osborne and his Treasury cannot be trusted to run the UK’s energy policy – which is precisely what they are doing. On top of decimating the renewables industry, now they’re risking billions on a failed nuclear design owned by failing companies. It’s time to stop the madness. If one thing is clear in the incoherent mess that is UK energy policy today – which is …

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