Green party slams Cumbria nuclear power station plans
Last updated at 09:02, Friday, 02 May 2014
Cumbria nuclear power station plans have been slammed by North-west Greens and branded ‘dangerous technology’.
Peter Cranie, the North-west Green Party's European election candidate, said: "We cannot continue to bury our heads in the sand and build a whole new generation of nuclear power stations.
“Recently the Environment Agency warned that flooding at Drigg could lead to the contamination of vast swathes of land. “As we saw at Fukushima, nuclear is a dangerous technology.
“The waste remains radioactive for thousands of years. What kind of legacy is that to leave to our children?"
"The nuclear industry sustains many jobs in Cumbria, but the coast here has huge potential to become a centre of excellence for the renewable energy industry, providing green jobs.
“Nuclear is an expensive way to produce energy, new plants take years to build and rely on huge government subsidies to keep costs artificially low.
“Instead of locking Britain into this costly and risky technology, the government should be investing seriously in energy efficiency and renewables.
“As a region with huge potential for renewable energy generation, the government must abandon its nuclear programme and demonstrate clear and unequivocal support for renewable energy technologies in the North West."
First published at 08:58, Friday, 02 May 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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