A legacy of lies and covered-up accidents has left nuclear energy with a serious credibility gap, writes Paul Brown. But poor safety is only the beginning of the industry’s problems. With ‘new improved’ reactor designs all running late and way over budget, any nuclear revival can only be sustained at massive, unaffordable taxpayer cost.
Ecologist 4th Jan 2016 read more »
As 2017 begins, the Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) note that whilst the new nuclear and fossil fuel sectors remain in real difficulties, it is renewable energy that is moving forward across the UK, despite antagonistic policies against renewables from the UK Government. In the nuclear sector, financial and other pressures mount on the three companies that are seeking to build new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point, Sellafield Moorside and Wylfa. At the same time, figures show a record number of oil and gas companies went into insolvency last year. Meanwhile, renewables are contributing record figures to UK energy generation.
NFLA 4th Jan 2017 read more »