SERIOUS MONDAY: WWF AGAINST UK NUCLEAR POWER PLAN

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The World Wildlife Fund is questioning the UK government’s plan for 10 new nuclear power stations.

WWF says the UK can meet its future energy needs and combat climate change without resorting to nuclear power.

Keith Allott, head of climate change at WWF says: “The government can’t hide behind the argument that new nuclear power is essential to meet the UK’s climate change targets and energy needs. Nuclear power is being presented as an environmental saviour, when it is unnecessary, unsustainable and unsafe.”

He says WWF has produced its own credible reports to show that Britain can make deep cuts in carbon emissions by other means.

WWF says alternative solutions could lie in energy efficiency and renewable energy, potentially combined with fossil fuel stations equipped with working carbon capture and storage – and it believes this could be achieved far more quickly.

“Renewables have the potential to start producing clean energy right now, while the nuclear industry won’t be able to build the first power station until 2020 at the earliest,” said Mr Allott. “Renewables could be producing up to 20% of all UK energy and 40% of UK electricity before the first nuclear power station is even functional.”

Susan

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