Letter from NFLA: I WOULD agree with Professor Becky Lunn’s statement, when advocating the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s future low-carbon energy report, that Scottish politicians do not have any easy answers in reaching “net zero” carbon emissions by 2045 (Parliaments urged to work together on energy and climate change, June 18). It will indeed be one of the biggest challenges the country has ever faced. But her arguments about supporting new nuclear seem quite peculiar to me. All can agree that we do not have very long to respond to the climate emergency, and there is only so much money for the project given other challenges to the public purse. But it is clear that while the costs of renewables continue to come down year on year, the costs of new nuclear remain exorbitantly high. Add in the billions it costs to manage waste and build long-term facilities for storing such waste, and it weighs down this technology even more.
The National 20th June 2019 read more »