Prime Minister Tony Blair has told MPs Wales cannot be treated as a special case when it comes to making a decision on building new nuclear power stations. It puts him at odds with the Welsh Assembly Government, which says Wales does not need nuclear power.
BBC 7th June 2006
An inquiry set up by Prime Minister John Howard has ignited a red-blooded debate over the contentious nuclear issue. Australia’s plentiful and accessible supplies of coal have in the past pushed the nuclear option to the fringes of the energy debate. Not any more.
BBC 7th June 2006
Energy Business Review 8th June 2006
Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet president, has written to Tony Blair urging him not to pursue nuclear power, which he says does not add up economically, environmentally or socially, and will not help Britain or other countries tackle climate change.
Guardian 8th June 2006
Prof James Lovelock, the scientist who inspired the Greens, yesterday offered to store high level nuclear waste on his land if it would help to revive the fortunes of atomic energy in Britain.
Telegraph 8th June 2006
Eddie McGrady, the SDLP MP for South Down, said: “You indicated the nuclear energy option was back on the agenda. “Will you recognise that many of us, particularly on the east coast of Ireland, are totally opposed to the expansion of nuclear energy because of our experiences with the outfall and discharges from Sellafield.
UTV 8th June 2006
An overhaul of the planning system will be at the heart of a programme to boost competitiveness, Gordon Brown indicated last night* as he set out his ambitions for what is generally expected to be his last year as chancellor. Seeking to overcome long-standing business concerns over the difficulty of developing industrial sites, Mr Brown said the Treasury would announce a review of the planning system at the end of this month, followed by new legislation in the pre-Budget report this autumn. He said the government had already done much to reform the planning system, in particular with its scheme to boost housing supply. But he told the CBI employers’ body last night: “In frankness I believe we have much more to do.” Mr Brown said: “We must make our system quicker, more flexible and more responsive.” Kate Barker, a former member of the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee, is this month exp-ected to publish an interim report on planning reform, which Treasury officials say will be an objective analysis of the implications for business and the environment. Mr Brown set out a range of other ambitions to be realised both in the PBR and next year’s comprehensive spending review. On energy, Mr Brown made public for the first time his clear commitment that 20 per cent of electricity should continue to be provided by the nuclear sector. The country needed “a balanced policy which takes account of guaranteed supply, including
Financial Times, 6th June 2006
THE United States has said Iran would have to suspend nuclear enrichment throughout any negotiations as a condition for proposed talks with the Islamic republic over curbing its atomic programmes.
Scotsman 8th June 2006
In a major western concession, Iran is to be allowed to retain some uranium enrichment activities if it reaches agreement with the US, Russia, Europe, and China on its nuclear programme. Diplomats said yesterday that the terms of a new package of proposed rewards delivered to Tehran on Tuesday by Javier Solana, the EU foreign policy chief, state that Iran must freeze uranium enrichment activities before and during the talks.
Guardian 8th June 2006
Russia will only back UN sanctions against Iran if the Islamic republic breaks its obligations under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Interactive Investor 7th June 2006
There never was – or shouldn’t have been – any real doubt that the Iranians were willing to talk on the nuclear issue if the inducements were right. From the beginning, and during the two years of aborted talks before it resumed nuclear enrichment last year, Iran has looked for two things. One has been direct talks with the US. The second has been its insistence on the inalienable right to develop the full nuclear cycle, including uranium enrichment. It was Tehran’s failure to make headway on either which doomed the previous round of talks.
Independent 8th June 2006
A Greenpeace campaigner has dramatically revealed the security threat that nuclear power stations pose to terrorists, with a protest at France’s Flamanville facility in Normandy. The protester flew within 300m of the two reactors currently operating at the plant in a ‘pego-jet’ powered parachute and landed on the site, despite a 3km air exclusion zone being in place to protect the plant.
Green Consumer Guide 7th June 2006