Scots Tory party is challenged over its support for nuclear as renewables go begging. They have been criticised for announcing that they would build two new nuclear power plants as part of their energy strategy released yesterday. Opposing parties have expressed grave concerns over the affect the plans for new stations at Hunterston and Torness will have on the environment and the safety of Scotland’s energy supply. Hunterston and Torness are already the site of two plants which are seeing out their extended operational lives until around 2024.The two new facilities would be bulit near the existing nuclear sites in Ayrshire and East Lothian. The policy proposals come at a time when the UK Conservative Government has received heavy criticism for its consistent withdrawl of financial support for Scottish renewable energy through cuts to subsidies. “As soon as they got a majority on their own, the Tories made sweeping cuts in renewables.” Liam McArthur Commenting on the proposals, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP, Christina McKelvie told CommonSpace: “The proposals from the Tories to build two new nuclear stations, without any costed proposals or even a single mention of Scotland’s other energy and wind power capabilities, is actually a very fitting tribute to their party – out of touch, archaic and regressive.
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