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NUCLEAR ENERGY WON’T SOLVE CLIMATE CRISIS, WARNS MEP
Event: Euro-MP addresses meeting on nuclear power and climate
Place: Greyfriars Community Centre, Ringwood, New Forest
Time: Friday, March 3rd, 7:30pm
EURO-MP Caroline Lucas is to visit the New Forest for a public meeting on
nuclear power and climate change.
The Ringwood meeting will discuss the government’s energy review – which
re-opens the question of whether to build a new generation of nuclear power
stations in the UK – and sees the official launch of the New Forest branch
of the Green Party.
Dr Lucas, Hampshire’s Green Party MEP and a member of the European
Parliament’s influential Environment Committee, will warn that ever-rising
energy prices and the ongoing drought which has sparked a hosepipe ban
across the New Forest this winter are typical of the consequences of climate
change and the UK’s unsustainable reliance on fossil fuels.
“Nuclear power does not provide a solution, either to rising fuel prices or
to climate change, which is likely to hit the South-East worse than any
other region of the UK,” she said.
“The energy and resources required to build, maintain and operate a nuclear
power station means its CO2 emissions, measured over the life of the plant,
far exceed those from genuine renewable alternatives.
“Further, new nuclear power stations would add to the deadly legacy of
radioactive waste, cost billions to set up – costs which will be passed on
to consumers in the shape of higher electricity bills – and do nothing to
cut emissions from transport or food production, the two largest and fastest
growing sources of the greenhouse gas emissions which are fuelling climate
“Tackling climate change and energy insecurity requires a twin-pronged
investment in renewable alternatives and energy efficiency and conservation
measures. Up to six per cent of the UK’s electricity goes to power machines
left on standby, for example – representing millions of gigawatts which
could be saved at the stroke of a regulator’s pen.”
“This winter has given us a taste of times to come, with rainfall well below
average and water levels in some reservoirs reaching record lows – but we
must resist the temptation to don the emperor’s new clothes of new nuclear
power stations,” she added.
Janet Richards, the Green Party’s parliamentary hopeful in the New Forest
West constituency, added: “The government recently launched a public
consultation as part of its energy review. This review will decide whether a
new generation of nuclear power stations will be built in the UK, so it is
vital that local people get involved in the debate. That is why we are
holding this public meeting – to allow people to find out more about the
issues and show them how they can make their voice heard.”
The meeting is free and open to all.