The case for nuclear has not yet been made
29th March 2006
A group of eight Labour MPs coordinated by Dr Alan Whitehead MP has produced "What's in the Mix: The Future of Energy Policy." This pamphlet, which will be submitted as evidence to the government's current energy review being undertaken by the Department for Trade & Industry, argues extensively that an energy mix centering on renewables and energy conservation, but excluding new nuclear power generation, is the way forward for Britain's future energy supply.
All the MPs; Alan Whitehead, Joan Walley, Michael Meacher, Colin Challen, Helen Goodman, Nia Griffith, Mark Lazarowicz and David Chaytor are members of SERA - The Labour Environment Campaign.
Dr Alan Whitehead says of the Pamphlet:
"The contributions seek to highlight the central contribution to future energy needs that can be made by the variety of renewable technologies now developing, combined with better systems of energy management and efficiency.
This pamphlet also looks at the fact that many of the arguments put forward for nuclear power have not been adequately made and are often based on false premises. The idea that nuclear power is free from CO2 emissions, or that we can only achieve a low carbon energy economy by relying on it is simply untrue. Yet much of the discussion on the future of energy supply seems to rely on these two myths.
Nuclear power is neither safe, secure, cheap nor renewable. However, as long as the debate remains focused on the fors and againsts of nuclear power the full potentiality of renewable energy will not be realised.
I am therefore keen to see an open and evidence-based debate in which all the future elements of the 'energy mix' are considered. This means that the reality of renewable energy must be assessed in its own right - and when it does, it can clearly play a key role in filling future gaps in supply and anchoring a low carbon energy future".
Hywel Lloyd, Chair of SERA commented:
"SERA are pleased to be publishing this pamphlet. Where we get our energy from is the biggest question facing both Britain and the world at present. This Pamphlet is an excellent addition to this discussion. The importance of fully renewable sources of energy cannot be over played, and this pamphlet sets out the stall for supporting renewable technologies in a clear and detailed way, a way in which we how will help the government deliver on the objectives of the 2003 Energy White Paper."