To put this £70 bn in context, it is two thousand times more than what the government plans to give to homes and businesses over the next 3 years to support small-scale green energy projects (£30m). It is for waste from nuclear power stations which currently only provide 3.6% of the UK energy supply. Clearly this waste has now got to be treated and stored, but what kind of idiots would then also seriously consider investing billions more in a new generation of nuclear power stations when that money could go so much further invested in renewable energy? Surely we could put a solar panel or mini-wind turbine on practically every home in Britain for the amount it's going to cost, reducing fuel poverty for milions in the process?
There are so many reasons why nuclear is not the answer and increased energy efficiency and investment in renewables (in particular micro-generation) is. I could go into it here, but the sites/reports below say it so much better.
For those who want to discuss the issues further/find out more, we are having a public mtg at St Andrew's Centre in Brockley on 20th Apr.
Green Energy Works!
Presentation and discussion on renewable energy and alternatives to nuclear power
With Keith Taylor, Green Party Principal Speaker
Thursday 20th April, 7.30pm
St Andrew's Centre (corner of Brockley Road and Wickham Rd)
All welcome. For further info