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From Friends of the Earth (FOE), Scotland:
“Prime Minister: Stop Hinkley, invest in renewables instead”
“In a startling move the UK Government has just delayed signing the contract with French energy giant EDF to build an incredibly expensive nuclear power station – it was so sudden that the CEO of EDF had to cancel his trip to the UK and the Chinese financial backers have headed home. It seems the Prime Minister has had second thoughts about building the most expensive power station ever conceived and there will not be a decision until the early autumn – that’s why we need to show Theresa May the huge public opposition to these plans.
This type of nuclear plant has never been successfully built anywhere in the world, with two similar designs in France and Finland way over budget and many years behind schedule. The UK Government has agreed to buy electricity from this project for 35 years at twice the current energy price, meaning that the taxpayers and electricity customers will pay tens of billions in subsidies. Even if Hinkley ever gets over the enormous technical, legal and design challenges, it is unlikely to start generating power until at least the late 2020s.
And of course there is still no answer on what to do with nuclear waste, now that the people of Cumbria have said no to having it dumped on them.
With the price of renewables consistently falling and huge energy efficiency savings up for grabs, now is the time for the UK Government to reject Hinkley and invest in a secure, reliable energy future. We urgently need to scale up renewable energy to tackle climate change. This crucial pause to think is our chance to turn UK energy policy around – something which could make a huge difference to renewables in Scotland too.
Email Theresa May to say that these plans don’t make economic or environmental sense and to invest instead in a renewable-powered, energy efficient future.
We have provided a template letter below but it will more effective if you write in your words why you think this change is necessary”
© Copyright, FOE, 2015 http://act.foe-scotland.org.uk/lobby/StopHinkley
[Petition and sample letter at the link.]
More from FOE Scotland:
“Hinkley Nuclear Plant approved by EDF
28 July 2016
French energy firm EDF today gave the costly Hinkley Point nuclear plant their approval, despite opposition from within the company, French unions, economic experts and environmentalists.
Friends of the Earth Scotland Director Dr Richard Dixon commented,
“The Tories’ ideological fixation with nuclear has blinded them to the eye-watering cost of this project and the significant risk that it will never be completed. The same level of investment could make the UK super efficient and deliver far more electricity from a range of renewables. Hinkley doesn’t make sense on economic or environmental grounds.
“EDF’s other two reactor projects are years behind schedule and many times over budget, there is little evidence that the project at Hinkley will be any more successful.”
ENDS © Copyright, FOE, 2015 http://www.foe-scotland.org.uk/hinkley-approved
Why is Prime Minister May even considering Hinkley at all? In 2006 she said: “But the Government could do far more to promote green energy, rather than giving unfair subsidies to new nuclear power stations.” (11 July 2006) This and more found here: http://web.archive.org/web/20130103045301/http://www.tmay.co.uk/news/8/may-new-measures-to-promote-local-green-energy-are-welcome
NB: As MP from Maidenhead, Theresa May has a potential conflict of interest since Costain has been given a large contract as part of the Hinkley Nuclear Supply Chain:
“Theresa Mary May (née Brasier; pronunciation: /təˈriːzə/ tə-ree-zə; born 1 October 1956) is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party. She has also been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Maidenhead since 1997.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theresa_May
“Costain Group plc is a British construction and civil engineering company headquartered in Maidenhead. It was part of the original Channel Tunnel consortium and is involved in Private Finance Initiative projects… Costain’s activities are organised into two operating divisions: Natural Resources (water, waste, nuclear process and oil & gas), Infrastructure (highways, rail, power and airports).”
“Marine Works (Costain) – This work involves the construction of the main cooling water tunnels and associated sea bed structures along with onshore connecting galleries. Pre-cast components will be fabricated off site. Three large tunnel boring machines will be used to create the 9 km of tunnels under the Severn Estuary.” http://web.archive.org/web/20150507070655/http://www.hinkleysupplychain.co.uk/construction-works-packages/
The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) is also not far from Maidenhead, in Aldermaston, Berkshire. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_Weapons_Establishment