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We Don't Need Nuclear Power to Meet Climate Goals and Keep the Lights on


Environment  (tags: Green Party UK, England, Wales, climate change, nuclear power, toxic waste, accidents, expense, dirty energy, zero carbon, renewable energy, clean energy, wind, solar, wave, Natalie Bennett, leader, Green Party, England, Wales, Caroline Lucas, Green MP )

Brian
- 597 days ago - guardian.co.uk
"It would be a folly to think that there is no hope of tackling climate change without nuclear power." Natalie Bennett, Green Party of England and Wales, and Caroline Lucas, Green MP.



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Dave C. (214)
Friday February 8, 2013, 12:13 pm
thanks.
 

Carol H. (229)
Friday February 8, 2013, 4:12 pm
noted, thanks Brian
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 9:10 am
The same battles over and over again. I was fighting this tooth and nail in the seventies now the "clean" energy is to push this monster back onto the scene. Perhaps one can't "see" radiation but it's not the way to go, its poison.

Just think of Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukishima......Do we need any more of those?
 

Brian M. (190)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 9:15 am
It gets powerfully discouraging, not to mention tiring, to keep having to fight the same corporations and the same politicians year after year, decade after decade, over the same issues. But, the only thing more dangerous than dirty energy to the future of life on this planet is inaction. We must carry on the struggle for as long as it takes. If people lose interest or give up, then this planet is, for all practical purposes, already dead.
 

Roger M. (0)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 11:17 pm
I'm sure you noticed the press release about the price of dealing with the nuclear waste at the Sellafield power plant last week, Brian.

For anyone who missed it, it's £67.5 billion. For any Americans here, that's round about $100 billion, give or take. One power plant. And this is the future?
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (388)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 11:42 pm
Noted.
 

Autumn S. (150)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 12:30 am
Noted, thanks Brian
 

Tim C. (1923)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 1:09 am
thanks
 

Shanti S. (0)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 3:06 am
Thank you.
 

paul m. (93)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 5:17 am

Noted.
 

John Gregoire (255)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 5:59 am
I have to disagree on this one.
 

John S. (304)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 6:25 am
And ... we just have to rely on Fracking be safe so that in the meantime we can get buy.
 

Ro H. (0)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 6:53 am
ty
 

Tania Koshman (7)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 9:58 am
noted. thank you
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 9:59 am
Obama is very much an oil supporter. There will be marked change during this administration.
 

Birgit W. (145)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 12:36 pm
Thanks
 

Winn Adams (192)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 1:03 pm
Thanks
 

Ann Breeden (65)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 3:43 pm
We don't need nuclear power. If only money could be put into solar, wind energy, maybe we'd be making progress. To pollute the earth with more toxins is not the way to go.
 

Jade N. (22)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 4:06 pm
Thanks
 

Jane Mckenzie (20)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 4:08 pm
noted
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 5:45 pm
Nuclear fission has a lot of risks to it, not to mention its radioactive waste.
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 5:56 pm
Please sign and forward this petition.....Emergency Deadline Feb. 11
US Dept of Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, plans to dump 14,000 tons of radioactive scrap metal into the marketplace for use in the manufacturing of consumer products, such as zippers, belt buckles, eyeglass frames, jewelry, watches, silverware, toys, pet bowls, leashes and metal knee or other replacements
Cancer anyone?
 

Colleen L. (2)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 7:07 pm
Nuclear is not necessary. It has done enough damage. What part of it doesn't these fools understand? Thanks Brain
 

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 7:55 pm
No nuclear.
 

Stuart Thomas (510)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 9:54 pm
Noted.

Use wind or solar energy!
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 10:26 pm
Per Rogers comment.....

Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has called on the British Government to close the Sellafield Nuclear power plant claiming it is obvious that there no strategy to manage it safely after it was announced that over £67bn has been spent dealing with nuclear waste yet serious contamination remains.

Mr Hazzard said,

“It is becoming more and more obvious that the management of the entire Sellafield site is haphazard to say the least after the latest report into managing nuclear waste.

“Over £67bn has so far been spent in attempting to deal with the nuclear waste in a safe way yet this has not been achieved. The entire site and surrounding areas continue to be contaminated with nuclear waste posing a severe health risk to people and the environment.

“What is particularly worrying is that the report actually states that there is no prospect of bringing the waste management under control in the foreseeable future.

“It is no coincidence that South Down has one of the highest rates of cancer on the island of Ireland given the proximity to Sellafield and I am calling on the British Government to close this site immediately as it is obvious that waste control is totally ineffective.”
 

Helen Porter (40)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 10:43 pm
would be a folly to think that there is no hope of tackling climate change without nuclear power -- the article says.

Yet, is it not suicidal stupidity to think that nuclear power will protect us?
 

june t. (66)
Monday February 11, 2013, 1:03 am
thanks for the article
 

sandra g. (0)
Monday February 11, 2013, 5:07 am
Thanks it very interesting to be informed, I think that there are much better options that atomic energy alwyas a great risk.
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Monday February 11, 2013, 9:37 am
The nuke industry has gone silent about Fukushima. They want the public to forget. That disaster is still on going. They are still pumping water onto those ruptured fuel containment rods. they are still pumping radioactive debris into the Pacific. They have and are continuing to contaminate the fishery around Japan. This waste will eventually end up in ALL of the top predatory fish, like TUNA and mahimahi. They never will tell the public when the ground water contaminated by the Hanniford site in Washington state has reached the Columbia River. Some one in the pubic will have to Blow that whistle. This will shut down the salmon fisheries in the Puget Sound. Well, if the salmon is radioactive, you'll know that it is not GMO.
 

Valentina R. (4)
Monday February 11, 2013, 12:50 pm
Nuclear? No thanks!
 

Kerstin Strobl (349)
Monday February 11, 2013, 1:10 pm
Wind or solar energy is the solution
 

Carol D. (109)
Monday February 11, 2013, 2:22 pm
No more nuclear Its too unsafe with all the natural disasters we are getting now If wind farms get wrecked they are not going to kill everyone off with toxic materials

noted Thank you
 

Melania Padilla (179)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 10:44 am
So agree! Shared and noted
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Monday February 18, 2013, 10:11 am
Thanks
 

Alice C. (1797)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 12:57 am
Our farm went solar in 2001 and I'm glad we did : )
 

Brian M. (190)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 6:08 pm
It is a folly to think that nuclear power is needed to tackle climate change. It is suicidal that our governments have been so corrupted by corporate payola especially from the nuclear industry that they continue to disseminate disinformation suggesting that nuclear power is anything other than hazardous.
 

Brian M. (190)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 6:10 pm
The Green Party of England and Wales as well as the Green Party of the United States, and obviously all the other Green Parties of various nations around the world reject nuclear energy. We need the Green New Deal to transition this nation quickly from dirty energy such as fossil fuels and nuclear to clean, renewable energy.
 
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