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 , 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 .
“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.”