Letter David Lowry Adrienne Buller, co-director of Labour for a Green New Deal (GND) is right to argue that “this election will be the UK’s first climate election.” (“Most voters influenced by climate in the next election,” 30 October) I share most of Ken Livingstone’s enthusiasm for Labour’s climate change policies. (“Labour’s new report could kick start a green industrial revolution,” 26-27 Oct) But the current Labour plan to achieve the GND, to which Ken refers, is fatally flawed by including nuclear power as part of the package. The 187 page document – Thirty recommendations by 2030 – released on 24 October (https://labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/ThirtyBy2030report.pdf), contains a very odd section backing nuclear, although it does admit nuclear has a marginal role in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, stating: “There are significant embedded GHG emissions associated with nuclear [in respect of] the construction of the plant, uranium mining, milling, fuel processing, fuel enrichment, refuelling (plants are offline for months at a time) back-up power, [radioactive] waste storage and decommissioning.” However, it contains some editing errors, including several sloppy spelling mistakes (it spells the nuclear plant Hinkley Point C also wrongly as Hinckley, sometimes in the same sentence!) spells the proposed Moorside nuclear plant near Sellafield as both Moreside and Mooreside, and includes one wrong location of a nuclear reactor site, Bradwell, from Essex to Kent (One critic suggested this might have been an early unexpected consequence of sea level rise from climate change!) But more significantly it makes the unsourced – and ludicrous – assertion that future new nuclear power “Costs would look lower, [than the current £92.5 /MWh] potentially around the £65/MWh mark.” By including support for nuclear power, which is not low carbon, is highly centralized and still surrounded by secrecy – as it has for decades because of its origins in and continued interlocking with military nuclear activities – means it fails Labour’s decarbonisation, decentralisation and democratisation commitments. Labour’s forthcoming general election manifesto will be very interesting on energy policy.
Morning Star 31st Oct 2019 read more »
Labour has fired the starting gun on its General Election campaign with a fierce attack on the Conservative Party’s green record, claiming the government has failed to bring forward plans to tackle the climate and environmental emergency within a six-month deadline set by Parliament. MPs declared a ‘climate emergency’ on 1 May 2019, voting to pass a motion which “calls on the government to lay before the House within six months urgent proposals to restore the UK’s natural environment to deliver a circular, zero waste economy”. But with that six month deadline passing today on 1 November 2019, Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary Sue Hayman claimed the government had ignored Parliament’s declaration. She further argued the Conservatives had failed to pursue policies that were commensurate to the scale of the climate crisis. In particular she singled out for criticism the government’s ‘effective ban’ on new onshore wind farms, support for fracking, cuts to local government and Natural England services, ongoing UK export financing for fossil fuel projects abroad, and a broader “hostile environment” for renewables.
Business Green 1st Nov 2019 read more »
Keith Anderson Scottish Power: If the Government is serious about reaching the target, it needs to make sure energy regulations are updated to match our green ambitions. At ScottishPower, we have launched our Zero Carbon Communities campaign, which provides a detailed road map of how local communities can play their part in reaching net zero, backed by independent research to outline the scale of the challenge. It shows that 25 million electric vehicle charging points and 23 million heat pumps need to be installed across the UK to make sure we hit the target.
Telegraph 30th Oct 2019 read more »