Monday, 21 March 2016

Hinkley nuclear plant faces an urgent Parliamentary enquiry

I have received emails from Greenpeace recently explaining what hopefully will be a great opportunity for us to prevent George Osborne spending billions of pounds of our money on the Hinkley white elephant nuclear plant. Even the French company due to build Hinkley, EDF, think it might bankrupt them! Please read on and sign the all-important Greenpeace petition against this waste of our taxes.

"Our campaign to stop Hinkley nuclear plant is about to go
to the heart of political power. An urgent inquiry on the new nuclear plant has been scheduled in Parliament next week and crucially, Greenpeace’s chief scientist, Dr Doug Parr, will be there to give evidence. If our energy expert heads to Parliament with the support of 100,000 of us, politicians won’t be able to ignore how unpopular Hinkley is.

Can you sign the petition too? https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/no-hinkley-c 

We already know that renewable energy is a better option than nuclear power and at the meeting in Parliament next Wednesday, we’ll be armed with the facts and research to back it up. But we'll be even stronger if we can show the groundswell of opposition to George Osborne's plan to spend billions of pounds on Hinkley nuclear plant.

If it goes ahead, Hinkley is set to be the most expensive object on Earth [1] – sucking up huge amounts of money that could be spent on renewable energy instead. But right now we’ve got a chance to stop him. The finance director of EDF --the energy firm that plans to build the reactor -- just resigned amid concerns that Hinkley could plunge the company into a financial black hole. It’s going to be pretty embarrassing for George Osborne if he ploughs on when Hinkley’s cost could bankrupt the company building it. So let's seize this moment to turn up the pressure on the chancellor. Let's tell him now’s the time to scrap Hinkley -- and spend consumers’ cash on renewable energy instead.

If George Osborne pushes ahead, Hinkley will be the first nuclear plant built in the UK in two decades. But the chancellor's plans are going nowhere fast. The reactor design is so complicated that no one's sure if it will even work. One nuclear expert went so far as to call it "unconstructable" [2]. And three other power stations -- in France, Finland and China -- that are trying to use the same type of reactor are suffering from huge delays too. The cost of the project is staggering. Best guesses say Hinkley could pass £24 billion -- easily making it the most expensive power station in world history.

While Hinkley nuclear plant has spent almost a decade in limbo, renewable power projects have been far quicker to build. The London Array -- the world's biggest offshore wind farm -- took less than three years to construct. And even if building Hinkley was to begin tomorrow, by the time it's up and running the cost of renewable energy will have dropped even further. Though George Osborne might tell us we need Hinkley to keep the lights on, we know this is far from the truth. Recent research showed that as soon as 2030, the UK could be powered almost entirely by renewables [3]. The UK is one of the windiest places in Europe, we’ve got huge untapped potential in solar power, and we're surrounded by sea too.

If you agree that natural sources of energy like these should top government investment, not more risky and expensive nuclear power, please sign the petition now

 Thanks for being involved,
 Richard Casson Greenpeace UK "

NOTES 
1. http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2014/12/why-is-britain-building-the-most-expensive-object-ever/
2. http://energydesk.greenpeace.org/2014/11/20/comment-trouble-hinkleys-reactor-design/
3. http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/climate/replace-coal-power-without-trashing-planet-20151124

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