“New Labour’s love affair with nuclear is a dangerous, irresponsible, and costly distraction from the real challenge to tckling climate change“.
“Indeed there are colossal lies at the heart of the government’s nuclear fundamentalism.”
“New reactors are not the answer to UK energy problems and will do little to tackle climate change. We could meet our energy requirements by investing in cleaner, safer solutions such as renewables, combined heat and power, energy efficiency, and the more efficient use of fossil fuels.”
“This is a flawed decision based on a sham consultation- we all knew that ministers made up their minds long ago.
The government has effectively locked us into nuclear power for the best part of a century. By the time they are up and running in the 2020s, nuclear power plants may be obsolete given the breathtaking progress in renewable technologies.”
Despite all the public criticism, the government has gone ahead and put forward plans for new nuclear power plants. It was the world’s worst kept secret. Ministers took the easy way out without bothering to look at the alternatives. But nobody should be surprised about this. Labour as a party have never considered promoting green policies either at local or national level. Many of its (older) members still mourn over the decline of the coalmining industry, which its workers once formed a hugely solid support base in the past, but the infamous strike of 1984-5 saw the end to that.
It seems that the government’s so-called green ambitions have turned into unwelcome hot air.