Article by Jonathan Porritt: Based on its overall conclusion that the UK just doesn’t need a replacement nuclear power programme to meet the government’s twin objectives of dealing with climate change and energy security, the Sustainable Development Commission has tried to open up a number of deeper issues in its report to ministers earlier in the year – along the lines of “what would an official green light for nuclear tell us about this government?” The first thing it would tell us is that the government is unpersuaded by its own rhetoric about the importance of climate change. Dealing with climate change is an immediate challenge – not a “long term problem”, as the prime minister keeps telling us – requiring a broad spectrum revolution in producing, distributing and using energy across the whole of society.
Guardian 30th June 2006
Peter Hain has broken rank with the Cabinet to express doubts about building new nuclear power stations.
BBC 30th June 2006
Ulster TV 1st July 2006
Financial Times 1st July 2006
Independent 1st July 2006
Daily Mirror 1st july 2006
Campaigners staged a demonstration in Falmouth at the weekend calling for action to limit nuclear power stations. The town’s branch of Friends of the Earth were asking people to sign a petition demanding Cornwall County Council become a member of the Nuclear Free Local Authorities network.
West Briton 29th June 2006
SAY no to nuclear weapons. That is the message to Gordon Brown from members of his own party in Leyton.
Local London 30th June 2006
THE UK could consider scaling back its strategic nuclear deterrent in the light of the reduced threat of a nuclear attack, MPs said today.
Edinburgh Evening News 30th June 2006
GORDON Brown was yesterday accused of stifling debate on whether Britain should replace its ageing nuclear weapons.
Mirror 1st July 2006
A MAJOR underwater engineering scheme to dismantle and remove three radioactive pipelines which run from Sellafield out into the Irish Sea has been completed. The Sealine Recovery Project is part of the clean-up of the UK’s nuclear legacy and has taken three years to complete at a cost of over £30m.
Carlisle News and Star 30th June 2006