Green Party in England & Wales
An expert panel convened by BBC News has concluded that climate
change is "real and dangerous, " (1)
Green Party Principal Speaker Keith Taylor said: "Climate change is
the greatest challenge we face today, but to have any hope of curbing
it we need the political will. To stand any chance of staving off
devastating global warming, we must cut global greenhouse gas
emissions by 80 to 90 per cent by 2050.
"We urgently need to reduce energy demand - much of which can be done
through increased energy efficiency - and shift from a carbon based
to a renewables based economy. But it seems clear that Tony Blair,
like James Lovelock, has fallen for the false solution proffered by
the nuclear lobby.
"Nuclear power is dangerous, astronomically expensive and
unnecessary. Only this week we have seen that, even when things are
going according to plan, there are severe safety worries over cracks
in the reactors' cores bricks. Nor is nuclear power an answer to
cliamte change - nuclear only provides a fraction of our energy -
even if we doubled the amount of nuclear power the UK uses, we would
only save 8% of CO2 emissions.
"Massive investment in nuclear power also detracts form other sources
of energy - The Carbon Trust today announced that renewable energy
will meet only 10% of the UK's power needs by 2020 - half the
government's target, with 'official policies' to blame. (2) This
dismal showing for renewable energy sourcing is in sharp contrast to
many other EU countries - Denmark manages 20 per cent, Sweden 47 per
cent, and Spain 16.2 per cent.
"Next week the government will publish its long awaited energy
review. If Tony Blair is serious about tackling climate change in a
sustainable and effective way, then he should seize this opportunity
to ensure that the necessary legislative framework is in place to
stake our future on safe, carbon free and inexpensive sources of
energy: wind, wave and solar. Succumbing to pressure from the billion
pound nuclear lobby means leading the UK down a dirty and dangerous
Mr Taylor also criticised the Conservative Party's stance on nuclear,
who today attempted to re - package it as favouring atomic energy as
a 'last resort' only. "Mr Cameron's attempt to distance himself from
the Tories historic support of a policy of privatise and pollute, and
there previously unswerving support for nuclear power, is preciously
light on detail. It is also belied by the Conservative record in
power - at any level. Cameron talks of an overall framework of carbon
pricing, but there is a notable absence of any firm figures. He
aspires to a 'more effective method of reducing carbon emissions,'
but fails to mention how."