It’s not just the Tories who are keen on going nuclear, Labour’s 2017 manifesto committed the party to new reactors. That’s why shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey said Hitachi’s withdrawal amounted to a “full-blown crisis”. And Justin Bowden, GMB union national secretary for energy, said the announcement was a “tragic farce”. Bowden claimed it would “leave the country at risk of power cuts or reliant on imported electricity, much of it from unreliable regimes”. Unions say new nuclear plants would create jobs—an estimated 9,000 workers would have been needed to build Wyfla. But once opened, only a fraction of these would have permanent jobs. Nuclear power is not the “clean energy” lobbyists like to pretend. Mining raw materials, constructing infrastructure, creating energy and eventually decommissioning plants produces carbon emissions at every stage of the process.
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