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Green Party in England & Wales

ENERGY SURVEY SHOWS 87 PER CENT PUBLIC OPPOSED TO NEW NUCLEAR POWER
STATIONS

89 PER CENT AGREE THE GOVERNMENT HAD 'ALREADY DECIDED WHAT THEY
WANTED TO DO ABOUT NUCLEAR POWER BEFORE THIS DEBATE STARTED'

66 PER CENT WILL TAKE PART IN MASS PROTESTS AGAINST NUCLEAR POWER, IF
NEW STATIONS APPROVED

Energy Review has been Blairs exercise in consult and ignore.'

In advance of the government's energy review due tomorrow, the Green
Party today released the results of a national survey dramatically
highlighting public opposition to a new generation of nuclear power
stations, and revealing widespread criticism of the way in which the
government conducted it's review. (1)

Green Party Principal Speaker Keith Taylor commented: "When asked
directly whether they supported plans to build new nuclear power
stations, 87 per cent of respondents rejected the nuclear option, in
stark contrast to an overwhelming 98 per cent support for greater
investment in renewable energy, and 99 per cent support for greater
investment in energy-saving measures at home and work. This puts pay
to any suggestion the nuclear power is accepted as a necessary evil
by the UK. (1)

"Despite the government's ceaseless attempts to frame the debate as
one of 'nuclear, or the lights go out,' the British public are not
convinced. The preparatory scare-mongering we have witnessed in
recent months from the likes of Alistair Darling, Malcom Wicks and
Tony Blair has failed to make any headway on convincing the public of
the case for a new generation of dirty and dangerous nuclear power
stations.

"The survey also revealed tellingly low levels of confidence in the
government's consultation process. 89 % of those polled agreed with
the statement: 'I think the government had already decided what they
wanted to do about nuclear power before this debate started.' (1)

These results concur with the fears today raised by the Trade and
Industry Committee 'that the outcome of the government's energy
review had been decided in advance.'(2)

Keith Taylor continued: "Accusations of 'rubber stamping' are wholly
justified. Only today, leaked documents have revealed plans for a
massive expansion of nuclear power across G8 countries and the
developing world, in advance of the G8 Summit in St Petersburg next
weekend, (3)

"The Energy Review has been Blairs exercise in consult and ignore.
Despite determined and widespread public opposition, the government
remain hell bent on forcing through a new round of dangerous nuclear
power stations, and are prepared to subvert planning frameworks to
achieve this.

"Local objections to nuclear power plants could be over-ridden under
planning changes proposed by the government's energy review. Councils
could alter the appearance and precise location of the sites, but
would be unable to reject power plants on the grounds they were not
needed. (4)

"If Tony Blair is serious about tackling climate change in a
sustainable and effective way, he should seize the opportunity of the
energy review 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 path."

The survey covered attitudes to different energy sources, opinions on
the governments energy review, and the actions people might take to
support or oppose different energy technologies. The results show
huge confidence in the potential of energy saving and renewable
energy particularly solar, wind and wave power and massive
opposition to new nuclear power stations.

Sian Berry, Green Party Campaign's Co-ordinator and a member of the
National Executive commented: "The energy survey demonstrates
overwhelming support for energy efficiency, renewable energy and
smaller scale energy generation, rather than the current centralised
system reliant on the wasteful use of fossil fuels and nuclear
power. It also found that if new nuclear power stations were
approved, 66 per cent of respondents said they would be prepared take
part in mass protests against nuclear power.

"The UK's centralised system of giant isolated power stations wastes
a staggering two thirds of the primary energy produced before the
electricity reaches our homes. (5) The British public want a new
green energy future for the UK, based on local generation through
combined heat and power in our communities, micro-generation on their
homes and places of work supplemented by large scale renewable energy
projects. This is more than an unattainable dream, but an achievable
vision.






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