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04 Nov 2010 09:11:03

Nuclear opposition 'has added to carbon emissions'

Nuclear opposition 'has added to carbon emissions'
One billion extra tonnes of carbon has been emitted because of opposition to nuclear power generation, experts have claimed.

Speaking to producers of a Channel 4 documentary, campaigners claimed that environmental advocates are in danger of repeating the mistakes of the past by continuing to oppose nuclear power, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Campaigner Mark Lynas said that nuclear opposition has already added to the levels of carbon in the atmosphere, because the objection to the technology in the 1970s and 80s led to the construction of highly-polluting coal power plants.

"In hindsight that was obviously a mistake, but it is one that today's environmental lobby groups seem determined to repeat," he is quoted by the news provider as saying.

But, Ben Stewart from Greenpeace, said a real debate on the issue is needed.

"With the threat of climate change we look at all options but in our opinion [nuclear power and GM] do not stack up," he is quoted as saying.

A KPMG report released earlier this year suggested that investment in nuclear power is needed if the UK is to meet its carbon reduction targets. ADNFCR-1235-ID-800216519-ADNFCR

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R Annett wrote:

04 Nov 2010

Nuclear power - no one needs it. No one wants to leave a nuclear waste legacy for hundreds of generations.
What we need to concentrate on is the end game - an all renewable future. It would be technology that can be exported. It would show the world which way to go. What if more undesirables like Iran want to go for nuclear power plants. It destabilises whole regions.
Also, who is paying the 70bn£ to clean up the old power station that have been closed, yes you and me. I have no wish to pay for that over and over. If we had carried on building nuclear plants that bill would have been massively higher.
We have to concentrate on more renewables, interconnectors, pumped storage and energy conservation.

mark daly wrote:

05 Nov 2010

as stated on the discussion programme after the C4 show, it would be great to think that the green movement had such power to halt the nuclear building programme. Try looking a five mile island, chernobyl and clean up costs to see why nuclear has been seen as risky by financiers and govts

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