LGP News - Go Green not Nuclear
|Go Green not Nuclear|
|Sat, Nov 7, 2009|
Leicester Green Party slams the government for its approval of 10 sites for new nuclear power stations.
Leicester Green Party is condemning the Government for approving ten sites for new nuclear power stations and is calling for a nationwide energy conservation programme.
For more than fifty years nuclear power has shown itself to be an overwhelmingly dangerous, unpopular and hugely expensive way of producing electricity.
The local party says the country does not need ten new nuclear power stations.
Spokesperson and Parliamentary Candidate Dave Dixey says: "There is still uncertainty over the safety and technology, as well as the finance."
He continues, "The third generation nuclear reactor being built in Finland has seen its costs double after four years."
"No one knows when it will be finished, due to defects and deficiencies."
"Not only are there no long-term solutions for storage of highly radioactive nuclear waste but, with sea-level rises likely to be worse than predicted, there will be major risks of flooding."
"The stations will have to be constantly guarded from terrorist activity for hundreds of years."
The Green Party has an alternative.
It believes the UK needs a country-wide energy conservation programme, which will reduce energy demand, provide hundreds of thousands of new jobs, as well as renewable energy programmes to help tackle climate change.
Mr Dixey says: "We should expand renewable energy projects which are easier to clean-up at the end of their working lives."
"We are in a recession and the nuclear industry creates far fewer jobs than renewable energy projects."
He concluded, "At a time when we need leadership toward a green and sustainable economy we are being taken back to a failed technology that has cost us billions of pounds."
"This will leave future generations with a legacy of lethal radioactive waste that will remain deadly for thousands of years."