I thought it was a brilliant April Fool to insert a set of spoof answers on nuclear power from the three Labour leadership candidates in your on-line article covering their views on 17 environmental areas (“What are Labour leadership candidates’ green policies?”, The Guardian,1 April 2020; www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/apr/01/what-are-labour-leadership-candidates-green-policies ) How could we expect that not just one, but all three- Lisa Nandy, Rebecca Long-Bailey Keir Starmer – would say they support more new nuclear power stations after Hinkley C is completed. It is fanciful to think RLB would have said something as silly as she “supported new nuclear power where it is needed for the UK’s future energy security.” Or that Lisa Nandy could ever say something as ill-founded “right in the middle of a climate emergency – is not the time we should rule out a role for nuclear power or any other low-emission technology,” (even if she apparently recognised the cost and radioactive waste problems of nuclear.) And Sir Keir could never have said something as neanderthal as insisting he “supported the Labour position that nuclear power is part of the mix of moving away from fossil fuels,” could he? This whole story is far too implausible! But a good try.
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