Letter from Bruce Kent and others: The news that Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli nuclear whistleblower who served 18 years in prison for confirming that Israel had nuclear weapons, has been sentenced to a further six months in prison and a six-month suspended sentence shows the vindictiveness of the authorities and their contempt for international law and human rights (Vanunu jailed again after talks with foreigners, July 3).
Guardian 5th July 2007 more >>
Report about publication of the Energy White Paper.
Legal Week 5th July 2007 more >>
Concerns that Suffolk could be chosen as a site for new nuclear power stations is set to be discussed by councillors next week. As Suffolk is already home to Sizewell B nuclear power station the area may be considered for a new plant if the government backs nuclear energy. The Suffolk County Council report says it is vital the benefits and risks to Suffolk are considered by ministers.
BBC 4th July 2007 more >>
Britain’s future energy supplies would be “safeguarded” by the construction of new nuclear power stations, said Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Speaking at his first Prime Minister’s Questions, Brown said last year’s events in Europe, where Russia cut off gas supplies to Ukraine, “should make it clear to everyone that we cannot rely on an energy policy that makes us wholly dependent on one or two countries or one or two regions around the world”. “That is why the security of our energy supply is best safeguarded by building a new generation of nuclear power stations,” he said.
Interactive Investor 4th July 2007 more >>
Times 5th July 2007 more >>
The French nuclear security authority, ASN, has criticised EDF for ‘a lack of rigour’ in the application of security procedures at its Fessenheim nuclear power plant in north-east France.
Forbes 4th July 2007 more >>
A WALTHAMSTOW student was arrested as she took part in a peaceful protest against the Government’s decision to renew the country’s Trident nuclear arsenal.
Waltham Forest Guardian 4th July 2007 more >>
TWELVE protesters from York were arrested during an anti-Trident protest at a nuclear base in Scotland.
York Evening Press 4th July 2007 more >>
South-eastern Europe was lucky it had such a warm winter this past year, energy specialists say. The shutdown of two reactor units at Bulgaria’s decaying Kozloduy nuclear power plant, as demanded on entry to the European Union at the beginning of January, has left the region with critical electricity shortages. Fortunately, these were offset by higher than average winter temperatures, reducing domestic demand for electric heat. But the neighbouring Republic of Macedonia produces only about three-quarters of its own electricity needs, leaving it dependent, since the Kozloduy shutdown, on costlier imports from Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic.
FT 5th July 2007 more >>
Letters about George Monbiot’s article: George Monbiot’s assertion (Comment, July 3) that the only thing stopping a carbon-hungry UK freeing itself of all fossil fuels in 20 years is a single organisation, the CBI, is absolutely absurd. Flattered as we are at his perception of our influence, it is simply wrong to imply that businesses do not care what happens to the planet, and that a cowering government is in cahoots.
Guardian 5th July 2007 more >>