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Nuclear power is no solution to fuel crisis

Issue No. 2104

Gordon Brown says his answer to the spiralling cost of oil is to cut dependency on fossil fuels by building more nuclear power stations.

But pushing nuclear power is nothing new.

An energy white paper in May last year spelt out government plans to build new nuclear power stations. Similar plans were also revealed in the New Scientist magazine in 2002.

New Labour has tried to portray nuclear power as cheap, efficient and green. It is none of these things.

The most recent power station to be built in Britain was Sizewell B which cost the public £3.7 billion in 1995. The process of producing nuclear power produces carbon and other pollutants.

Above all it is not safe. The history of nuclear power is a history of leaks, accidents and disasters.

The government says that we need nuclear power to maintain energy supplies in an insecure world. But the real solution to Britain’s future energy needs is to invest in renewables and energy saving technology, not nuclear power.

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What We Think
Tue 3 Jun 2008, 18:18 BST
Issue No. 2104
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