Green Party in England & Wales
Alistair Darlings' decision to use the energy review to push a fast -
track planning process for nuclear power has today been slammed by
the Green Party
Green Party Principal Speaker Keith Taylor commented: "Darling is the
latest Labour politician to follow the 'FUD' rule when trying to
manipulate public opinion to further his own ends - create enough
Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt surrounding an issue, and you ensure that
open and honest debate are side tracked. The Energy Review has not
yet reported - but it seems clear the government have already made
their minds up.
"Three years after the Energy White Paper called for a genuine low
carbon economy - with investment in renewables and demand reduction -
what Greens long suspected is being realised: the DTI's energy review
is a token effort, aimed at legitimising a pre-determined decision to
commission a new generation of nuclear power stations.
"Tony Blair is determined to push this country down the nuclear
route, based on two arguments: guaranteeing affordable energy supply,
and reducing carbon emissions. But an overwhelming number of studies,
from a host of organisations - the Green Party's own Alternative
Energy Report, the Sustainable Development Commission, the New
Economics Foundation and more - have found nuclear the inferior
choice, even within these narrow criteria.
"A twin-pronged investment in renewable alternatives and energy
efficiency and conservation measures will not only deliver greater
emissions reductions than nuclear power, it will deliver them more
cheaply, and all without the huge safety risks inherent in the
"The UK could become a leader in low-carbon technologies, and there
is a viable and deliverable alternative to Labour's 'push button'
nuclear solution, but we need open and honest discussion to achieve
this. Scare-mongering will not do anything to help us - or the future
generations whose safety and security we are dealing with."