Draft Energy Bill is a 'missed opportunity' says CND

By agency reporter
22 May 2012

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has decried the 'missed opportunity' represented by today's Draft Energy Bill (22 May).

Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary, stated: "The Draft Energy Bill reflects a missed opportunity to put renewable energy front and centre of a carbon-free future for the UK. Instead the government will be forcing taxpayers to fork out on higher bills for subsidies for nuclear power: a dirty, dangerous and expensive form of energy which has no future. The UK should be following in the footsteps of countries like Germany who have recognised the dead-end which nuclear power presents.

"Not only has the government failed to commit to achieving carbon-free energy by 2030, but it is diluting the investment made in renewables with an overwhelming commitment to nuclear new builds."

She concluded: "Rather than opting for a sustainable energy policy, the government (in cahoots with the nuclear energy lobby) is seeking to lock us in to nuclear power for decades – a technology which produces energy at a much higher wholesale cost. It is a grave mistake that this opportunity was not seized upon to move towards securing sustainable energy for the UK."

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