GREENS CONDEMN BLAIR’S NUCLEAR EMBRACE
GREEN Party MEP and Principal Speaker Caroline Lucas has warned Tony Blair
may have made his last mistake as PM after it emerged he would use tonight’s
speech to business leaders to outline his backing for new nuclear power
“This speech confirms our belief that Tony Blair has already made up his
mind – and he is determined to go ahead with new nuclear power plants
regardless of their costs – or danger,” she said.
Dr Lucas, MEP for South East England and a member of the European
Parliament’s influential environment committee, said his backing for nuclear
in his address to the CBI undermined the Government’s ongoing energy review
– and would costs the UK dear in terms of cash and safety.
“Nuclear power is dirty, dangerous and expensive – and doesn’t provide a
solution to either climate change or the end of oil,” she said.
“It produces a deadly legacy of nuclear waste which we still don’t know how
to deal with – and creates a devastating target for terrorists.
“Nuclear power is not emissions-free – and relies on ever-scarcer supplies
of uranium ore, found only in some of the most politically unstable
countries in the world,” she said.
“To cap it all, nuclear power is completely unnecessary – even a doubling of
nuclear capacity could only cut our greenhouse gas emissions by eight per
cent, according to the Sustainable Development Commission.
“As they, and so many others, have argued, we need a massive investment in
renewable energy and energy efficiency if we are to achieve the necessary
CO2 cuts to stave off climate disaster.”