Brake Condemns Government Dash for Nuclear

January 11, 2008 9:24 AM

Commenting on the Government's decision to create a new generation of nuclear power stations, Tom Brake Lib Dem MP for Carshalton and Wallington was scathing of the Government's position;

"The Government have again shown an inability to think originally. Nuclear power is not a modern and forward-thinking technology. It is a dangerous gamble in the race to meet Britain's energy needs over the next 50 plus years."

Mr Brake went on to say "even the Government's own energy review in 2003 and the report of a Royal Commission in 2000 confirmed that it would be possible to have a low carbon, non-nuclear energy strategy, if energy policy was to focus on energy efficiency, renewables and new technologies. This just proves that Ministers are ignoring all sensible advice on the issue."

The UK's record on renewable energy is lamentable, this source currently accounts for less than 5% of UK electricity production.

The Liberal Democrat environment spokesman, Steve Webb commented in the debate, "I can't decide whether new nuclear is a white elephant or a red herring."

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