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17 August 2007


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Future of nuclear power
Following the publication of a white paper, the government is conducting a series of 'consultations' on ' The Future of Nuclear Power: the role of nuclear power in a carbon economy'
  • Climate change and ensuring energy security are indeed urgent issues
  • The government in the paper states that new nuclear power stations would contribute significantly to addressing these problems
  • However, many people, including academics, organisations such as the Oxford Research Group, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, CND and the Nuclear Free Local Authorities hold different views
  • Just to take one of the main points made against the building of new nuclear power stations; the NFLA in its response states 'supporting the construction of new reactors will at best make only a very minor contribution to tackling climate change but will most likely be counterproductive
  • It is the risk of diverting attention and resources from the urgent programmes which must be implemented in order to effectively tackle climate change – renewable energy and energy efficiency – which is most worrying'


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