Nuclear power is a distraction from cleaner, cheaper solutions, say Greens

22 March 2022

Nuclear power is a distraction from cleaner, cheaper solutions, say Greens 

Responding to the announcement by the government that it plans for the UK to get 25% of its electricity from nuclear power [1], co-leader of the Green Party, Adrian Ramsay, responded: 

Nuclear energy is an expensive distraction at a time when we face the dual challenges of spiralling energy costs and concerns over energy security.  

“Our focus needs to be on developing renewable energy technologies and a big push on energy efficiency. Both are cleaner and cheaper solutions that can be delivered far quicker than nuclear ever can.  

“That’s why we are calling for a £250 billion investment plan for a nationwide home retrofit scheme and renewables in tomorrow’s Spring statement [2].  

“Because the safety of nuclear plants requires cooling water, climate change also poses a safety hazard. Extreme weather events and rising sea levels will increasingly render nuclear power plants vulnerable.” 

Notes

[1] Johnson announces aim for UK to get 25% of electricity from nuclear power | The Guardian

[2] Greens urge Chancellor to announce £250bn home retrofit plan in Spring Statement to tackle cost of living crisis | The Green Party 






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